Halloween need not be the Festival of Food waste
It is estimated that in the UK up to four million pumpkins are brought to carve and display over Halloween with the edible flesh of these pumpkins being discarded as waste and ending up with most of the lanterns
in landfill. This produces an additional 18,000 tons of landfill waste directly attributable to the Halloween festivities. This, according to the environmental charity Hubbub, is equivalent to 360 million portions of pumpkin pie. The U.S. Department
of Agriculture states that 1.91 billion pounds of pumpkins where grown in the USA in 2014 most of which, as in the UK, where used for carving and then thrown away,
of this waste is due to people being unaware of the versatility of pumpkin flesh as a food or not realising that the fresh discarded when carving the pumpkin can be eaten. It is calculated that in the UK only 33% cook the fresh of the pumpkins they carve out
this will leave 12.8 million pumpkins uneaten this Halloween.
On this basis, farmers are growing acres of
food just for it to be thrown away. Families and all food fanatics can all help reduce waste at Halloween by taking part in, or organising Covid-19 compliant, Pumpkin Rescue activities.
Carve it, Cook it, Eat it, Compost it
Join us in reducing pumpkin waste while celebrating Halloween
Provide pumpkin recipes and cooking advice to friends,
community groups, schools, and clubs.
- Get creative and carve your pumpkin at home or at a local centre e.g. school, community centre. Photograph the pumpkin and carvers
and send the photographs to us to include on our carryoncomposting.com website. (Email firstname.lastname@example.org)
or post on our Carry on Composting Facebook page Encourage carvers to cook the flesh from the pumpkins
- Compost the remains of your carved pumpkin. at our Pumpkin Smash
at Stokes Wood Allotment Compost Demonstration Site, Leicester on 13 November (In 2019 we had over 100 pumpkins to smash and compost) We can collect locally but schools and clubs are welcome to attend our Smash on site either at the public day or by
arrangemnt. We can collect locally.
Do not waste the flesh of your pumpkin follow the
links to a wide range of pumpkin recipes. There are plenty of pumpkin recipes to help you use up all the different bits, from a traditional pumpkin soup and roasted seeds for snacks, to a more adventurous coconut pumpkin cake,
and even pumpkin kimchi! Sweet or savoury, we just want to see them eaten. For links check out:
Love Food Hate Love Food Hate Waste (https://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/article/save-your-halloween-pumpkins-bin ). LFHW publishes a range of pumpkin recipes such as: Gnocchi in Pumpkin and Chilli Sauce, Pumpkin & Butter Bean Broth, Pumpkin ravioli, Pumpkin Tart, Roasted Pumpkin,
Roast Pumpkin Lasagne and Coriander Soup.
Allrecipes ( http://allrecipes.co.uk/ )
Search under pumpkins to find a wide range of recipes using pumpkins including pumpkin burgers, brownie bars with frosting, crunch cake, gooey pumpkin cake,
BBC Good Food (https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/pumpkin). Recipes From savoury soups to sweet treats
Country Living (https://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/g619/our-best-pumpkin-recipes-1008/)
Recipes including pumpkin soups, pumpkin pastas, healthy
pumpkin recipes, and so many more savoury meals.
If you would like further information on Pumpkin Rescue please go to the Hubbub national website:
For more information on the Stokes Wood Pumpkin Smash see below . The carryoncomposting
FB page or contact carryoncomposting1@gmail,com