How to make the most out of your pumpkins

30 October 2023

Pumpkin soup

Pumpkins starting to pile up post Halloween? We've put together our top 5 suggestions on how you can make the most out of your pumpkins. 

1. Savour the flavour

Instead of tossing your pumpkin after carving, use the flesh to create delicious recipes like pumpkin soup, pie, or even roasted pumpkin seeds. The possibilities are endless, and you'll be reducing food waste in the process.

Try one our recipes courtesy of Countryside magazine:

2. Feed the soil

Composting is an eco-friendly way to dispose of pumpkin scraps. The organic matter will decompose, enriching the soil in your garden and reducing landfill waste.

3. Share the bounty

If you have more pumpkins than you can use, consider sharing them with friends, family, or local food banks. Many people would greatly appreciate fresh, homegrown pumpkins.

4. Reduce environmental impact

Consider environmentally responsible ways to deal with pumpkin remnants. Consult with your local authority's waste management services for guidelines on sustainable disposal.

This helps minimise the environmental footprint of your discarded pumpkins and promotes responsible waste management. Find out when your local authority collects food waste at: GOV.UK | Rubbish collection day.

Did you know?

  • Although often thought of as a vegetable, pumpkins are actually a fruit
  • The average yield of pumpkins in the UK is 4,250 per acre
  • In 2016, the UK grew 3,523 acres of pumpkins, which equals 14,972,750 pumpkins!
  • Pumpkins come in all different colours, including green, white and blue

5. Support your local farmers

Try to purchase pumpkins directly from local farms. This not only supports the livelihood of farmers but also reduces the environmental footprint of long-distance transport.

Read: Meet the pumpkin farmers

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