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About Stony Brook Seed Oils

Stony Brook uses what is commonly called a “cold pressed” method of oil extraction–actually we prefer the term expeller pressed, since some heat is generated naturally from the friction of the press– which does not use chemicals or high temperatures to remove the oil.  This process leaves valuable vitamins and nutrients in the oil, and it retains natural flavor and color.   In 20008 we pressed our first batch of butternut squash seed, and by the end of 2013 we had pressed oil from sunflowers, pumpkins, and other winter squash varieties, all grown in the Finger Lakes area of New York.  Over time, other products including seed snacks and flours followed, and Stony Brook has caught the attention of chefs and food lovers nationwide.

Expeller pressed oils can be used in countless ways.  Naturally tasty, nut and seed oils are necessary for balanced nutrition.  They can be used for cosmetic purposes, and have long had medicinal uses as well. Our simple process, genuine desire for your approval, and keeping it pure and fresh are our core values.

Each Stony Brook oil has only one ingredient: locally-grown seed that is freshly milled each week in our Geneva New York production kitchen. The oils are unrefined, lightly filtered and expeller-pressed without added heat or chemical solvents. Varieties include pumpkin, flax, organic sunflower, and butternut squash.  Each oil varies in color and flavor, from mild and savory to a rich and nutty flavors. The oils are a flavorful complement to salads, vegetable dishes, pasta, or rice.  Shop for oils >

About Stony Brook seed snacks (pepitas)

A wholesome roasted and salted seed snack, our pepitas are roasted fresh each week, made with just a few simple ingredients like sea salt and maple syrup.  They have a toasty, savory flavor and crispy satisfying crunch. Pepitas are made from two varieties of seed: hulless pumpkin seeds and butternut squash. Enjoy right out of the bag or as a delicious addition to salads, yogurt, trail mix and roasted vegetables. Shop for pepitas >

About Stony Brook Seed Powders

Stony Brook seed flours are milled on site using the remains of the nuts or seeds that is expelled after the oil is removed.  Each retains its distinct flavor and aroma and can be used similarly.   These flours are high protein, low in carbohydrate and naturally gluten-free, making them a great choice for health conscious eaters and those with dietary restrictions.  Stony Brook flours are interchangeable with many recipes calling for other flours.  They also are great for breadings on fish or chicken, and to add to protein and color to pancake or waffle batter.

Our seed protein powders are made from pumpkin, squash, or flax seeds that have emerged from our expeller-press and are then gently milled into a fine powder. The powders are single-ingredient with no added sugar, fillers, or salt. A balanced source of plant-based protein, fiber, and trace minerals such as zinc, copper, manganese, and iron, add it to smoothies or juices for a protein boost, or enjoy it mixed with applesauce, yogurt, soups, or add to muffins, cookies and other baked goods.  Shop for powders >

About The Seed

Butternut Squash

A squash commonly seen in the produce aisle, butternut squash is bell-shaped with pale skin and firm orange flesh that has a sweet, nutty flavor. A relatively new variety of squash, Waltham Butternut was developed in Waltham Massachusetts in 1970.

Butternut squash seed

Oilseed Pumpkin

Unlike other squashes, oilseed pumpkins are grown for their seeds instead of their flesh. The seeds are hulless, dark green and have a high oil content, making them ideal for producing edible oil. Oilseed pumpkins were first grown in the New World but cultivars were refined over several centuries in Europe, notably Austria, which is reknown for its Styrian pumpkin seed oil.

Styrian Pumpkin Seed

Delicata Squash

Delicata squash has returned on the scene after 75 years of obscurity. First introduced in seed catalogs in 1894, the squash is an heirloom variety with thin, tender edible skin. Squashes are small, averaging between 5 and 10 inches in length. It is a flavorful winter squash that tastes like creamed corn or yams.  Delicata squash seed oil is available in very limited quantities each season.

Delicata squash seed oil