Don’t Waste Your Jack-o'-Lanterns!
Pumpkins are not only the ultimate symbol of Halloween; they are the star veggie when it comes to the fall season in terms of decoration and culinary uses. Often, we overlook how many different ways it can be used.
- The pumpkin is a wonder vegetable. It has a long list of nutrients including: Vitamins A, C, E, fiber, potassium, manganese, copper, etc. It is also low in salt, cholesterol and saturated fats. In its raw state, pumpkin is a great source of nutrition. For instance, try this raw pumpkin soup recipe.
- When buying your pumpkins, always get them from your local farmers to support their business and the environment, plus you will be guaranteed that they are freshly grown, many organically. If you are feeling ambitious, you can grow your own pumpkins! Learn more here.
- When carving your jack-o'-lanterns, don't throw away the seeds! They make a tasty baked treat that is incredibly healthy for you. How to prepare pumpkin seeds, go here.
- When your jack-o'-lantern has lived its last day out on the porch, resist the temptation to throw it away. Instead, create a compost heap and let nature do all the work. Be sure to remove the candle and all of the excess wax build up, and chop the pumpkin into pieces. Those leftover nutrients will help your soil. Find out more about composting here.
- Make a pie - a great way to bring family and friends together. If you are feeling even more adventurous, try cooking something new with the pumpkins and see what culinary masterpieces you and conjure up in your very own kitchen. And don't think of pumpkin just around holidays - it's great all year round. Here are some delicious, organic recipes to try.
Don't let any part of the pumpkin go to waste this year. Turn them from orange to green this Halloween!