Seed library

The term squash, or more rarely cougourd, refers to several species of plants in the Cucurbitaceae family. They are generally grown for their edible fruit, but are sometimes grown for their oil seeds.


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From latin name « Cucurbita Pepo » (cucurbit family)
Alternative names: Zucchini, Pumpkin, Vegetable Marrow, Cumbury, KoocuraKurbis (All), Hempseed (GB), Canape (It); Bazrub Ginnab (Arabe); Ganja Atta (Ceylan) ; Ganjar-Bij (Bengale) ; Gangetre Cing (Hindoustan) ; Kinnabis Defroonus (Afghanistan) ; Tukhme Kinnab (Perse).
Origin: Austria
Description: seed
Oil content: on average 47-48% (kernel)
Oil colour: greenish by transparency, red by reflection. Squash seeds contain a lot of chlorophyll and carotene, resulting in a dark green oil with dark red highlights.
Smell: strong
Savour: nice


Uses of oils and cakes

Food, Herbal medicine


Extraction features

  • Cold pressing: pressing whole seeds.

    The squash seeds must be pressed in a single cold press in order to preserve its therapeutic properties (prostate, urinary system) and to preserve its vegetal taste.

  • Room temperature: Min 30°C
  • Product temperature before pressing: Min 25°C

Use of squash seeds oil

In food use, squash seed oil is pleaseant and sweet with an aroma of roasted seeds. It can therefore be easily accompanied in salads or any other cold preparation. Squash seed oil above 140°C degrades and causes the formation of toxic substances such as acrolein and benzopyrene, which are harmful to the body. In herbal medicine, cold-extracted squash seed oil treats prostate problems and improves the urinary system.


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