A primary component of Rwandan cuisine, Pumpkin seed oil is one of the most versatile and essential ingredients in the world of cooking and provides a variety of health benefits when used in place of saturated fats in your diet. Zima Pumpkin seed oil is one of the few cooking oils produced through natural extraction instead of chemical extraction, which protects the oil’s nutrients. Extra virgin Pumpkin seed oil offers additional health benefits that decrease the body’s risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer and more.


Extra virgin PUMPKIN SEED oil provides the richest pumpkin seed flavor and the most health benefits in regard to cooking oils. This oil comes from the first pressing of the pumpkin seeds from a process called “first cold press”. The first cold press process preserves the natural antioxidants and monosaturated fats that promote healthy cholesterol levels. Extra virgin is the most flavorful pumpkin seed oil, with an unlimited range of flavors spanning from smooth and subtle to peppery and pungent; this oil is best used for finishing dishes, dressings, marinades and grilling. Finishing your dish with a drizzle of extra virgin pumpkin seed oil can enhance the texture, flavor and aroma of food. More intense tasting oils pair well with stronger ingredients such as red meat and heartier grains, while fruitier oils pair well with delicate foods such as white fish and vegetables. Additional uses:

  • Top steamed or roasted vegetables
  • Sautéing vegetables and meats
  • Finish roasted or grilled meats
  • Use in recipes for Italian breads like pizza dough, focaccia and olive bread
  • Drizzle over fresh vegetables
  • Mix with specialty spices for a dipping oil
  • Drizzle atop soups or pasta dishes for a silky texture
  • Substitute for butter in your favorite baking recipes
  • Mix with vinegar and spices to create salad dressings


  • The high vitamin, mineral and omega content makes Pumpkin Seed Oil an excellent lifting oil for dry, mature and also damaged skin. The oil helps to support the health and structure of the skin, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles and signs of ageing
  • Pumpkin seed oil moisturizes and rejuvenates skin through essential oil formulations, helps protect from sun damage, and promotes shiny and healthy hair. The versatility and ease of use of Pumpkin seed oil makes it possible to be incorporated within a wide range of skin care, hair care, body care, hand care, sun care, and lip care formulations. This oil contains high amounts of zinc, selenium and vitamin E that combat acne, improve skin tone and renewal, and calm redness and irritation.


When storing your pumpkin seed oil, keep in mind that the three key factors that will ruin pumpkin seed oil are heat, light and air. To store pumpkin seed oil, ensure it is kept in a cool, dark place such as a cupboard or pantry. Never store your pumpkin seed oil next to or above the stove, or in the refrigerator. Make sure the bottle is securely closed because if left open, air exposure leads to oxidation which can turn your oil rancid. Don’t store permanently on the table or kitchen windowsill, as the light will ruin the oil as well. When unopened and stored following proper recommendations, pumpkin seed oil’s shelf life is 2 years. Once opened and stored following proper recommendations, the shelf life is 6 to 9 months.

How to Store pumpkin seed Oil:

  • Store in a cool, dark place (such as a cupboard or pantry)
  • Keep the cap securely closed when not in use
  • Don’t store next to or above the stove
  • Don’t store in the refrigerator
  • Don’t leave a pour spout on the bottle if the opening can’t be sealed. Exposure to air leads to oxidation, which causes rancid oil.


ZIMA Pumpkin Seed Extra Virgin Oil is made from the finest, organically farmed and carefully selected pumpkin seeds. Containing no preservatives, solvents or chemical additives, our pumpkin seed oil utilizes farming methods without the use of chemical fertilizers. Through this process, the oil’s powerful antioxidants and heart healthy polyphenols are protected, allowing our oil to maintain the highest levels of flavors and nutrients. Whether you’re dressing a salad or frying vegetables, our versatile, everyday use oil will become your new ‘go-to’ for all your cooking needs.