The UK grows around 10 million pumpkins each year. 95% of those are used as doorstep decorations for Halloween season. However, 60% of people claim they throw away their pumpkins flesh leading to around 18,000 tonnes of flesh being wasted. Food waste is already a big issue in this country with households producing 4.5m tonnes of food each year, therefore more needs to be done.
Here are just a few of the great ways you can make the most out of your Halloween pumpkin:
- Pumpkins are versatile so are great for both sweet and savoury dishes, from pumpkin pie, pumpkin and parsnip battenberg cake to warm autumnal pumpkin soup (see recipes below). These are all delicious autumn dishes and zero waste so great for the environment.
- Roast your pumpkin seeds (see recipe below). This is such an easy and quick snack to have on their own or add to a salad. Pumpkins seeds are both a nurtritious, as they are rich in zinc, and tasty option.
- Save the seeds from this year’s pumpkin to grow next year’s. Pumpkins are best grown in mid to late April in pots of compost indoors and then sown in a sheltered outdoor area in late May to early July.
- An option for the adults is pumpkin mulled wine. Similar to the traditional mulled wine pumpkin and spices are added for a seasonal touch. You can even make pumpkin ale.
- Save your carved pumpkin and use it as a bird feeder. Fill the pumpkin with your leftover pumpkin seeds or bird food and hang outside for wildlife to enjoy
- If your pumpkin starts to go off before you have a chance to use it, please put it in your compost or the council green bin.
A great Autumn dish from BBC goodfood to use up leftover pumpkin from your Halloween decorations. Ingredients (serves 6) For the soup: 2tbsp of olive
Inspired by the Great British Bake Off? Looking for a recipe that uses up the pumpkins that are everywhere? Then have a look at this
Adapted from BBC recipe Ingredients For the pastry use your favourite pastry recipe or a packet of ready made sweet short crust pastry with 40g/1½oz
Wash the stringy flesh off seeds. This takes a while as it is slimey but you can keep it to add to anything else you’re