Halloween would not be the same without pumpkin carving. However, we send 18,000 tonnes of squash into landfill every year, which contributes to greenhouse gas emissions when they decompose.
We have become so disconnected with food, that people have forgotten the main purpose of these orange vegetables. The majority of people who buy pumpkins for Halloween actually aren’t sure what to do with them so unfortunately it goes to waste.
Here are a few tips to reduce pumpkin waste and to save money this Halloween:
1.Scoop out what’s inside the pumpkin and store it – Before carving your pumpkin, scoop out all the seeds and get out as much as you can of the pumpkin flesh. You can clean the pumpkin seeds by soaking them in salted water for a couple of hours to get all the flesh off. Once that’s done, dry them out or roast them before storing in an airtight container. Note: Fresh pumpkin can stay in the fridge for approximately 3 days, but if frozen it can last up to 8 months!
2.Make a scrumptious meal with the pumpkins – There are a variety of recipes out there from pumpkin soups, pumpkin pie,pumpkin butter, pumpkin lasagna… the list just goes on! The flesh and seeds of the pumpkin contain vitamins A,C and E and are also low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium! They are also a great source of fibre.
3.Compost your pumpkin – this couldn’t be easier to get richer soil from all the nutrients the pumpkin has.
4.Make a pumpkin face mask – Pumpkin is packed with minerals and vitamins so how great could it be to carve your pumpkins and pamper yourself at the same time! All you have to do is mix cooked, pureed pumpkin flesh with sugar and milk (or honey and aloe) for relaxing face masks. You just have to rub this onto your face and leave it on for around 20 minutes. Wash it off and feel how smooth your face will be afterwards!
Don’t let pumpkin waste scare you anymore this year. A pumpkin is not just for Halloween.