Pumpkins grown in rows are harvested using a dedicated combine harvester for collecting pumpkin seeds. After harvesting the seeds, the pumpkins are washed and dried. The most common method of drying pumpkin seeds is using the drying floor of chamber dryers equipped with an agitator that periodically stirs the processing materials. After drying, impurities are removed from the seeds inside a dry cleaning and polishing machine in preparation for further oil production or in order to obtain a finished product ready for consumption. In the case of hot-pressed oil production technology, the naked seeds need to be milled and mixed with salt. The homogeneous mass is subjected to further thermal processing in tanks to facilitate oil extraction. This is followed by a pressing procedure that releases the oil from the press cake, which can be broken down and used for various food- and feed-related purposes.
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