Consumer campaign Love Food Hate Waste is encouraging people to make the most of their pumpkins over Hallow’een and save money with some devilishly good left over recipe ideas
Over a million pumpkins are bought in the UK in the run up to Hallow’een ready to be carved into ghoulish lanterns that will adorn doorsteps and windowsills. However, how much of the actual pumpkin do people actually use?
Pumpkins are rich in vitamins and minerals and a great food source but once carved, many householders simply throw away the tasty contents of the pumpkin– a ghastly thought!
Of course, it’s not just pumpkins that are wasted at this time of year. According to Love Food Hate Waste, every year in the UK we throw away a horrifying £12 billion worth of food, costing the average family £50 a month.
Georgina Taubman from Waste Awareness Wales said: “In Wales alone we throw away around 400,000 tonnes of good food and drink each year, just from our homes. This is a staggering amount, especially when you consider that most of it is, or once was, perfectly good food.
“This year, instead of throwing away the contents of your lantern, why not make something tasty such as roast pumpkin and coriander soup or a pumpkin tart?
“Once Hallow’een is over, don’t forget to place the pumpkin shell in your food waste recycling caddy. Alternatively, you can home compost your lantern and maybe even use the compost to grow next year’s frightening creation”.
The following recipes ideas from Love Food Hate Waste will help ensure that the contents of your pumpkin are used to make some frighteningly good food and save you money!
Roasted Pumpkin and coriander soup http://wales.lovefoodhatewaste.com/recipes/roasted-pumpkin-and-coriander-soup
Roast Pumpkin Lasagne http://wales.lovefoodhatewaste.com/recipes/roast-pumpkin-lasagne
Roast Pumpkin Seeds http://wales.lovefoodhatewaste.com/recipes/roast-pumpkin-seeds