Easy and quick apple coriander cashew nut sauce. You can use any oil of your choice, but pumpkin seed oil gives a spectacular taste in this recipe. My Italian friend brought me a liter from his family farm in Austria, cultivating and producing these organic pumpkin seed oil. After tasting oil dark deep green-colored oil for the first time, I was blown away, impeccable taste. Organic Virgin Pumpkin Seed Oil, botanical name Cucurbita pepo, is non-GMO, cold-pressed extracted, unrefined, unroasted, has a deep olive-green to dark brown-orange color, a nutty pumpkin tone smell, and flavor.
Pumpkin Seed Oil Nutrition
Pumpkin oil has a unique flavor and is very rich in zinc. It also has anti-cancer benefits against prostate cancer in men. There are several types of pumpkins where pumpkin seed oil is extracted. The process of extracting pumpkin seed oil is by roasting the seeds, then pressing it to attain a high antioxidant-rich pumpkin seed oil, a slow roasting period, and low roasting temperature is kept. For a richer aromatic and fragrant oil, the temperature must be increased, lowering the antioxidant quality. You win some you lose some 🙂
Native to America, pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo, Cucurbitaceae) is an herbaceous vine. Although it is now grown worldwide, pumpkin has been cultivated in North America and Mexico since 14,000 BCE. Pumpkin seeds contain fatty acids, sterols, tocopherol, carotenoids, selenium, and magnesium salts. Other constituents include the amino acid cucurbitacin, phytosterols, β-tocopherol, and squalene.
Traditionally, the seeds have been used to expel intestinal worms, eliminate tapeworms and diuretics. Perhaps one of the most frequent uses, both traditional and modern, is for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).1 A clinical trial of 542 men with early-stage BPH and lower urinary tract infection symptoms examined the safety and efficacy of the pumpkin seed extract.
Oil is an important export commodity of Austria and Slovenia. It is made by pressing roasted, hull-less pumpkin seeds from a local variety of pumpkin, the “Styrian oil pumpkin” (Cucurbita pepo subsp. pepo var. ‘styriaca,’  also known as var. oleifera). It has been produced and used in Styria’s southern parts at least since the 18th century. The earliest confirmed record of oil pumpkin seeds in Styria (from the estate of a farmer in Gleinstätten) dates to February 18, 1697. (Wikipedia)
This Apple Cashew nut Coriander Sauce is a sweet and creamy sauce endowed with vitamins, protein, healthy fats, and minerals. Because of its rich creaminess, it goes very well with pasta and can e drizzled on steamed veggies, salads, and it can also be used as a dip. Simply combine all components and blend.
Apple Cashew Nut Coriander Sauce
Nutritional Benefits: Pumpkin oil is rich in zinc, and it also has anti-cancer benefits against prostate cancer in men. Pumpkin seeds also contain fatty acids, sterols, tocopherol, carotenoids, selenium, and magnesium salts, amino acid such as cucurbitacin, phytosterols, β-tocopherol, and squalene. Celery, apple, lemon, cashews, and coriander provide vitamins, protein, healthy fats, and minerals that help boost your immunity, digestive function, heart health, and brain health.
- 1 celery stick
- 1 apple, with skin
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seed oil (or any other oil of choice)
- 1 bunch of fresh coriander
- 1 cup cashew nut, soaked in water for 2 hours
Combine all ingredients in a blender.
Blend on high speed until very smooth.
Use it as a dip or salad dressing. It is also perfect when served over pasta, steamed vegetables, etc.