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Pumpkin seed oil in SF?

Robert Lauriston Feb 18, 2009 10:45 AM

Does anyplace in SF stock Austrian roasted pumpkin seed oil? I see it on restaurant menus all the time.

The Pasta Shop (Oakland, Berkeley) has the Castelmuro brand.

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    SoulDoubt_CAL Feb 21, 2010 07:56 PM

    I lived in Austria for a couple years and fell in love with Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil. When I came back to the U.S. I found "Castel Muro" but that stuff doesn't taste much like the "original" Pumpkin Seed Oil from Austria. Just a few days ago I visited the Cheese Store of Beverly Hills (Los Angeles) and they have "Styrian Gold" there. It's the original pumpkin Seed Oil from Styria and it tastes so much better than "Castel Muro". It's expensive but then again, the quality is great and in my opinion it's totally worth the price...

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      roster Feb 22, 2010 08:18 AM

      La Tourangelle also makes roasted pistachio nut oil. I like them both, but if I had to choose, I would take the pistachio, though at 22 Bucks for a small bottle it is an investment...

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        Robert Lauriston Feb 24, 2010 07:01 AM

        Castelmuro's oil is from Styria. Tastes to me like other Styrian brands I've had, but I haven't done a side-by-side comparison.

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          SoulDoubt_CAL Mar 24, 2010 12:31 AM

          I tried Castel Muro and it goes kind of "redish" on the plate. It doesn't have
          that deep-green intense color that you normally see when using Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil. It tasted different as well. I didn't like it very much...I've been told by an Austrian friend that some companies import chinese pumpkin seeds and then they mix em with Styrian seeds to make the product cheaper...Don't know if that's the case with Castel Muro?

      2. Robert Lauriston Feb 27, 2009 11:16 AM

        After striking out at various gourmet-type outlets, I found some at Rainbow. They have a pretty amazing selection of exotic oils.

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          Melanie Wong Feb 27, 2009 04:30 PM

          What brand(s) did you find at Rainbow?

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            Robert Lauriston Feb 28, 2009 09:47 AM

            La Tourangelle. They have most if not all of that line of oils.

            They also had a raw oil from what looked like a health-food company. I doubt that would taste as good.

        2. Melanie Wong Feb 18, 2009 11:20 AM

          You might want to give Bill Mayer of The Age of Riesling in Berkeley a call. He shows the Hirschmann styrian pumpkin seed oil in his latest inventory. The price is about 50% less than others retail it, which leads me to suspect that it's one of his direct imports. If that's the case, he may be selling it to outlets in SF and can point you to them.
          http://www.theageofriesling.com/Worki...

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            Robert Lauriston Feb 18, 2009 12:37 PM

            Heh, I already emailed him asking if he had any SF retailers for that! Thanks.

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