Don't waste your Halloween Pumpkins
Unfortunately over 12 million of the pumpkins bought in the UK this Halloween won’t be eaten! That's a lot of food waste for a very tasty squash. Not only do they taste great, but pumpkins are a great source of beta carotene, the antioxidant that helps you see in the dark!
Household food waste makes up 70% of the UK's total food waste (post-farmgate), creating a total of 17.5 million tonnes of greenhouse gas a year! So don't let your pumpkins go to waste, instead check out our top tips below to avoid the landfill.
Don't waste your seeds, pulp or even scrapings, every part of the pumpkin can be made into something delicious. We've compiled a few of our favourite recipes to help you make the most of your pumpkin! So if you're looking to use the leftovers from your carving antics or have a spare pumpkin, take a look at our ideas below.
Pumpkins are completely compostable so try and compost your used pumpkin at home if you can. Your plants will love the extra nutrients.
If you live in an area that has a local food waste recycling collection service make sure you put your pumpkin in the correct bin!
Return To Sender
Find out if your local farm is collecting used pumpkins! Stoke Fruit Farm Farm Shop in Hayling Island are encouraging their buyers to return their used pumpkins, and we think this is such a great idea. They know pumpkins compost well and so will be keeping their customers 'waste' local, generating food for their fields. So call up your local farm and see if they'll take your leftover pumpkin.