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Pumpkin Seed Oil
Vibrant forest green in color, it has an intense, concentrated flavor.

Nutrition Perks
Another good source of omega-3s, pumpkin seed oil is also high in antiaging tocopherols, which fight free radicals (DNA-damaging molecules produced by pollution and the sun). And research suggests that the oil can help lower arthritis-induced inflammation and regulate blood pressure.

Kitchen Prep
Peltre uses the oil to elevate potato salad: Boil 2¼ pounds fingerling potatoes 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool slightly, then slice. Whisk together 5 Tbsp. pumpkin seed oil, 3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar, 1 chopped shallot, 1 Tbsp. each finely chopped ginger and parsley, 1 tsp. tarragon, and 1 tsp. chopped chives. Toss with potatoes and top with 3 ounces crumbled Feta cheese, 6 sliced pink radishes, 2 Tbsp. toasted pumpkin seeds, and salt and pepper to taste. Still hungry? In Austria they top vanilla ice cream with a splash of the oil.

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