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The Styrian Region of Austria is widely known for its outstanding agricultural produce – mainly for its pumpkin seed products, but also for its apple and pear orchards, vineyards, lettuce, horseradish, runner beans, cheese, oxen, game and more. Although 60% of Styria is forest, so many delicacies thrive and flourish in this uniquely fertile region that it is called the “Green Heart of Austria”. Such assets make it a popular destination for tourists, who come to enjoy not only the fresh produce, but the spa resorts and pristine environment.
Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil is, without doubt, THE signature Styrian speciality: its dark green colour, nutty aroma and intense flavour make it unique. The huskless Styrian pumpkin seed is a variety created by local farmers around 100 years ago – the origins of the oil, however, go back to the eighteenth century. No product is as inseparably connected to Styria through its development and production as Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil.
Protected Geographical Indication
The regional ties between Styria and Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil have been formally preserved in order to protect this typical Styrian speciality. Accordingly, the EU-Commision declared “Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil P.G.I.” as a Protected Geographical Indication (with article 5 VO(EWG) Nr. 2081/92) in 1996.
The implementation of the “origin protection” of Styrian pumpkin seed oil means the origin of each Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil P.G.I. product is monitored and can be followed from the harvest to the pressing and finally the sales of the oil. Each step along the way is documented and can be audited at any time. Such regulation not only protects the authenticity of the product but ensures the brand of Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil is trusted to consistently deliver this unique product to the highest standard, no matter where it is purchased around the world.
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