No product is as inseparably connected to Styria through its development and production as Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil P.G.I.. These regional ties should be preserved in order to protect this typical Styrian speciality. Therefore, the EU-Commision declared "Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil P.G.I." as a Protected Designation of Origin with article 5 VO(EWG) Nr. 2081/92 in 1996.
With its designation as a product of Protected Designation of Origin, Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil P.G.I. joins the company of products such as: Prosciutto di Parma, Prosciutto di San Daniele, Greek Feta Cheese and Nürnberger Lebkuchen as one of the most well controlled, elite and exclusive European specialities.
Following the regulation (EG) Nr. 510/2006 the designation "Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil", regulation (EG) Nr. 1263/96, may only be used when the basic product specifications are met, as well as the following criteria:
- The seeds used in pressing must come from pumpkins of the species Cucurbita pepo var. styriaca.
- The procedure for the pressing of the pumpkin seeds follows traditional methods, meaning the washed and dried seeds are ground, are then slowly and gently heated and finally pressed without the use of any refining procedures.
- The oil must be 100% pure Pumpkin Seed Oil from the first pressing.
- The pressing of the pumpkin seeds takes place an oil press which is found in the listed Styrian and Burgendlandish districts.