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PRODUCTION OF PUMPKIN SEED OIL
Since 2007, the factory at GEA has been equipped with state-of-the-art pumpkin seed oil production technology. The production starts with the reception of pumpkin seeds. This is followed by the preparation of the raw material, which is crucial for the quality of the final product.
The seeds are brushed to remove the waxy skins and air-blown to remove all the impurities, such as pumpkin flesh, dust, sand and leaves. The seeds are then sorted according to size and weight. Pumpkin seeds are then heated and ground. Appropriate portions of water and salt are added to induce the breaking of cellular membranes and extraction of oil.
The prepared pulp is then roasted in roasting pans and constantly mixed. The roasted pulp is transported to the press where pumpkin oil is extracted. The pumpkin seed oil is left to settle naturally for two to three weeks in order to separate the solid content. After that, it is bottled or loaded into other types of containers. A by-product of pumpkin seed oil production is pumpkin cake, which is used as an animal feed.
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