Adopt a pumpkin field from "Mostviertler Bio-Kürbishof Metz" in Haag (Austria) and receive your harvest in the form of organic pumpkin seed products at home. The Farmer Karin will take care of your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will be able to download the adoption certificate and, if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.
Adopt a pumpkin field (60m2) that we cultivate under the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union certified since 2018. You adopt a piece of pumpkin field (60m²) on which we will grow the seeds of the Gleisdorfer oil pumpkin at the beginning of May. We use an adapted pneumatic seeder for this and sow the pumpkin seeds directly into the prepared soil. With sufficient rain and soil warmth, the plants will germinate within 5-10 days. The care work begins after three to four weeks. We chop between the rows of pumpkins with a chopper to loosen the soil, bring oxygen into the soil and keep the weeds out. Between the pumpkin plants in the row, this work has to be done manually. You only have a few weeks for this maintenance work, as the pumpkins will soon start to tend and then cover the entire floor. We expect a harvest of 40-60 pieces of pumpkins on your piece of field (corresponds to 2.5-4 kg of pumpkin seeds. Oil Pumpkin cultivation in Austria originated in Styria, where the production of pumpkin seed oil dates back to the 18th century. What is special about the Oil Pumpkin seed is that it is the only one that does not have a woody shell around the seed and is therefore very suitable for nibbling and for oil pressing. The pumpkin came to our fields in the beautiful Mostviertel in Lower Austria in 2000 because we were so enthusiastic about the many different types of pumpkins and wanted to make first attempts with this culture, which was at that time untypical for our region. In the meantime, our range includes over 150 different types of food and ornamental gourds and, of course, on the Oil Pumpkin, from the seeds of which the pumpkin seed oil is pressed according to the traditional method. We are particularly pleased that we got the gold medal for our organic pumpkin seed oil when we take part at the annual “Ölkaiser“ awards. So we always receive confirmation that our oil is one of the best in Austria! This is also a sign of how close we are to natural production, the highest quality in processing and freshness. Our farm has always been run as a family business. Together with my parents, my husband Raimund and our three children, we live in a typical Mostviertel „Vierkanthof“ (square farm). Since the farm was taken over in 2015 from my husband and me, we have managed the farm organically and have been certified since 2018.
Each season we will send you a box with: 1 x __organic pumpkin seeds natural__ (600g bag) 1 x __organic pumpkin seed oil__ (0.5l, dark glass bottle) 3 x __organic pumpkin seed pesto__ (100g each, glass jar) The pumpkin seeds are harvested from the fully ripe Oil Pumpkins, washed and dried. If stored appropriately (dry) they can be kept for at least one year. They can simply be nibbled, but they also taste good on bread, in salads, in muesli. The pumpkin seed oil is pressed from the kernels of the oil gourd using the traditional method. The pumpkin seeds are ground, roasted and pressed. We then fill the pumpkin seed oil into the dark bottles after a week's settling time to protect it from light. The ideal storage temperature for pumpkin seed oil is 14-18 ° C. So it doesn't have to be in the fridge. It holds for at least one year after pressing. We love our pumpkin seed oil with every salad - especially green leafy salads or tomato salad. It also tastes very good with sheep or goat cheese, tomatoes and mozzarella, as well as in the egg dish or over the cream soup. A dash of pumpkin seed oil with vanilla ice cream is a special treat! Our pumpkin seed pesto is prepared from the pumpkin seeds, the pumpkin seed oil and some garlic, herbs and spices. It is ideal for quick cuisine with pasta and tastes sensationally mixed in spreads, with cheese, in dip sauces or grill sauces or just on fresh bread! Once the jar is open, it should be kept in the refrigerator. The kernels sink to the bottom, the oil is on top and so it preserves wonderfully and lasts for weeks after opening - unless it is eaten beforehand ;-)! The ingredient list as well as allergen information can be downloaded from "Additional Analysis".
When will you receive it?
You may select the delivery date of your box as suggested by the Farmer at check-out. We usually harvest our Oil Pumpkin seeds in September / October. After drying and cleaning, it usually takes a few weeks until we have the oil in bottle. So you will be able to receive your master box by the end of November.