It’s Halloween and many people across the world today will dress up, watch scary movies or go trick or treating! One of the most popular traditions to date would be the carving of the pumpkin, which many people leave outside their homes with a tea light inside to signal to treat or treaters to knock in for sweets!
According to a recent report by Hubbub, the majority of pumpkins are wasted - In the UK, about 8 million pumpkins are binned each year, equating to 18,000 tons of pumpkin, including flesh and seeds. But did you know that this doesn’t have to be the case? There are many ways to repurpose your pumpkins and ways to incorporate this delicious vegetable into most recipes! In 2018, the CBC estimated there are around 2,500 farms in Canada with pumpkin patches. These farms produce 80 thousand metric tonnes of pumpkins. Unfortunately, about 66 per cent of pumpkins sold to customers are never used for consumption purposes and are usually binned in the compost or food waste bin, despite pumpkins being a nutritious and cost-effective food source. This waste has a huge environmental impact and something that can be easily changed!
In order to stop this food waste occurring, check out five ways to use pumpkins this Halloween:
1. Pumpkin Seed Snacks!
Rinse your pumpkin seeds under water and spread them on a baking sheet. Drizzle them with olive oil, a pinch of your favourite seasoning, then roast them in the oven!
2. Make Pumpkin Puree!
Cut your pumpkin in half, scoop out the guts and seeds. Place the two halves face down on a baking sheet. Add a cup of water to the sheet and bake for 90 minutes. Scoop out the inside of the cooked pumpkin and puree it in a food processor or blender. Store in a plastic container or zip lock bag and freeze until you’re ready to use. You can use this Pumpkin Puree for a pie or a soup!
3. Make pumpkin skin chips.
Peel the pumpkin skin and tear it into chip-size pieces. Sprinkle with paprika, sea salt, and chili powder. Bake them in the oven on a baking sheet for 25-30 minutes!
4. Repurpose it!
Depending how you’ve carved your pumpkin – you could make your pumpkin into a bird feeder bowl – simply cut off the top of the pumpkin and fill with bird seed and leave in your garden!
5. "I’ve already turned my Pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern!"
Don’t fear! If you’ve already carved your pumpkin, just make sure to correctly dispose of it - Cut your pumpkin into small pieces and toss it in the compost pile, then mix it into your soil next spring!
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