One of Slovenia’s trademarks, the pumpkin seed oil, is conquering the world one restaurant at a time. The latest in its conquests is the jewel of the culinary and visionary art – the A.tmosphere restaurant on the 122nd floor of the tallest building in the world, Buraj Khalifa in Dubai. The conqueror in question: a renowned Kocbek oil mill from Slovenske Gorice.
Pumpkin oil and its place in the world of luxury
The numbers speak for themselves about the pumpkin seed oil’s eminence and its place in the world of luxury. There are more than 820 pumpkin varieties but only one is used to extract the oil. The Kocbek’s oil is pressed from selected pumpkin seeds of such variety grown for the producer by local farmers. To produce just one litre of oil, about 30 pumpkins are used if the seeds are roasted and then pressed. If the seeds are cold pressed, then about 60 pumpkins are needed for a litre. The end result, a silky and smooth organic oil, rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants – a must for health-conscious connoisseurs.
There are more than 820 pumpkin varieties but only one is used to extract the oil.
Added value to the pumpkin oil
The packaging equals the oil’s luxurious quality. Each of the black, opaque bottles is hand-blown and made of purest glass in Slovenia’s Hrastnik glassworks, without the addition of any heavy metals, and stored in boxes of centuries-old oak wood. The bottle is designed by Gregor Žakl, who found inspiration browsing through the boxes in Kocbek’s old ill. Amongst some old photographs he found a stamp of Alojz Kocbek, the founder of the mill, which now adorns the bottle.
To produce just one litre of oil, about 30 pumpkins are used if the seeds are roasted and then pressed. If the seeds are cold pressed, then about 60 pumpkins are needed for a litre.
Good things come in small packaging or, in this case, in drops. And so, another elegant feature was added to the bottle completing the delicacy of the whole product – a pipette that enables chefs to add the oil in drops rather than have it poured.
And how much does this delicacy cost in such packaging? A.tmosphere paid EUR 350 for a 350ml bottle. And it was worth every drop. But one need not travel all the way to Dubai to get the taste of the silky produce. Slovenia’s top chefs Tomaž Kavčič, Janez Bratovož and Ana Roš also spoil local food connoisseurs in their restaurants with this prestigious product.