Pumpkinseed oil has a delicate nutty flavour, which is ideal for salads, salad dressings and soups. Dark reddish-green in colour, pumpkinseed oil is rich in polyunsaturated fats and is a highly nutritional oil that is ideal for use in a variety of cold-food dishes. The oil can also be used in desserts, giving vanilla ice cream a nutty taste. Do not heat the oil to preserve the essential fatty acids and other nutrients such as vitamin A, E and zinc.
Some suggested benefits of pumpkinseed oil include the promotion of a healthy, functioning digestive tract and prostate gland. Clinical studies have shown that the ingredient delta 7 sterole, which can help prevent testosterone build-up in the cells of the prostate, is found in pumpkinseeds and cold-pressed pumpkinseed oil.