There’s nothing more autumnal than carving a pumpkin ready for Halloween.
But what do you do with that brilliantly carved vegetable after the trick or treaters’ have been and gone?
90% of the pumpkins purchased in the UK are bought to make pumpkin lanterns.
Pumpkin carving is great fun, but when you think about it, how much of the pumpkin do you actually use? What happens to all the pumpkin flesh you waste?
Pumpkins are not only delicious, they are rich in vitamins and minerals, so make the most of them, save money and food waste and try our handy tips this Halloween.
- Soup is simple and the perfect meal on a cool autumn day, our Spiced Pumpkin soup is definitely worth a try.
- Chop up your pumpkin and use it in a risotto with some sage. Or try our Chicken, Thyme and Pumpkin Risotto.
- Add a seasonal twist to your Sunday roast by adding pumpkin in with your roast potatoes and vegetables.
- Try chunks chopped up in your curries or stews. They add a delicious nutty flavour and thick texture.
- You can always chop your pumpkin into chunks and freeze it, then use it in meals no matter what the season.
- Love Food Hate Waste have a range of delicious recipes you can try at home, including:
- Pumpkin lasagne
- Pumpkin mash
- Pumpkin ravioli
- Toast the pumpkin seeds for a healthy snack. Separate them from the flesh, rinse them under cold water, boil the seeds over a medium heat for 10 minutes, drain them and then roast them in an oven for 20 minutes.
- Plant the seeds to grow your own pumpkin at home.
- Use the pumpkin to enrich your soil by burying it in your garden. This is great for helping the plants, vegetables and flowers in your garden.
- Treat the birds in your garden by leaving it out for a few days and let them eat what they want of it.
Did you know, a pumpkin is actually a berry, not a vegetable at all.