A study on extraction of oil from Pumpkin seed using sun drying and hot air oven drying
Pumpkin seed oil is obtained from the seeds of Cucurbita pepo. It is prepared by pressing roasted hulled pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds are found everywhere today, but are still growing in greatest abundance, not far from the area where they are believed to have originated: Mexico. Other large producers include India, the United States and China. Though largely still in the early stages of exploration, there are claims of health benefits by pumpkin seeds for various conditions. In this work, the oil is extracted from pumpkin seed using two processes known as sun drying and hot air oven drying. The yellow pumpkin seeds are selected the main ingredients. The soxhlet apparatus is used in this work to extract fat from the seeds. The obtained samples and the physiochemical properties of the extracted oil are observed.