Fall is here and it is time to celebrate root vegetables, dried beans and hardy greens. We have some great items to accent all of those buried gems and brassicas. We have vinegars to help punctuate flavors and oils to ground them. A special new product, coming from Stony Brook Wholehearted Foods, of Geneva, NY has arrived just in time for fall. These oils are fall!
Stony Brook produces a variety of unrefined squash seed oils. Some oils are a deep green color, and others are a deep golden color. They have remarkably different viscosities and flavors, from nutty and roasty with hints of vanilla to cinnamon sweet and spicy. Great Ciao is bringing in pumpkin, delicata, butternut and kabocha squash oils from Stony Brook (acorn squash soon).
The oils are expeller pressed, which means that the oil is mechanically pressed from the squash seed without added heat or chemicals. Most commercially available cooking oils use a chemical process to extract oils from the seed. No other oils are added or blended in–each bottle is 100% pure seed oil. It takes approximately ten squash to produce a 6oz bottle.
This product is a true success story for all academic agricultural outreach programs. Martin Farms in Brockport, NY is a large family owned vegetable farm. They developed a peeling and seeding squash program for local groceries and foodservice providers and had a nice value add to their business, but they had a tremendous amount of seed, too much for the compost heap and it seemed like a waste. So they brought the issue to the Cornell extension program, the Food Venture Center, and they were paired with the folks at Stony Brook. These oils are the fruit of that connection.
Give us a call and give them a try!