When carving pumpkins this Halloween, especially if you were able to grow your own in your polytunnel, make sure that you make the most of everything that pumpkin can offer. Not only can your pumpkin be an amusing (or scary) Halloween decoration, it can also provide food for you and your family. Be sure to scoop out some of the flesh to use in your favourite pumpkin recipes – but also remember that the pumpkin seeds are edible too. Don’t waste the seeds from your pumpkin this year. Making use of the seeds from your Halloween pumpkin is most definitely something that you should do.
Save Seeds From Heritage Pumpkins For Next Year
Before you eat all the seeds from your Halloween pumpkin, be sure to consider whether or not you would like to save any of the seeds for planting in your polytunnel next year. If you have grown a heritage variety then this could be an option – though bear in mind that most pumpkins are hybrid varieties that will not come true from seed. Remember also that cross-pollination can occur if you have grown other members of the same plant family in your polytunnel, and the fruits that grow of plants from these seeds may not be what you were expecting.
Roast Pumpkin Seeds For A Delicious Snack
Pumpkin seeds are extremely good for your health. They are also a surprisingly delicious and moreish snack. Once you have tasted them, there is no way that you will ever make the mistake of throwing them away ever again. Once you have scooped the seeds out of your pumpkin,
- Pull off the stringy bits and put these on your compost heap.
- Place the seeds in a colander and rinse them clean.
- Combine olive oil, salt and whatever other seasoning or spices you wish in a bowl.
- Drizzle the seasoned oil over the seeds and mix to coat them.
- Tip seeds onto a baking tray and spread them out.
- Bake the seeds at 350/ 180 degrees for around ten minutes or until the seeds are a light, golden brown.
- Allow the seeds to cool before you eat them as a snack.
- Store any leftover seeds in an airtight container.
Do not throw away pumpkin seeds. Make sure you make the most of every part of your harvest this year. The pumpkin seeds can be eaten as a snack, but are also great sprinkled on top of some pumpkin soup, baked into a home-made loaf, or in a range of other recipes. How do you use your pumpkin seeds? Let us know your own favourite pumpkin seed recipes in the comments below.
Elizabeth Waddington is a writer and green living consultant living in Scotland. Permaculture and sustainability are at the heart of everything she does, from designing gardens and farms around the world, to inspiring and facilitating positive change for small companies and individuals.
She also works on her own property, where she grows fruit and vegetables, keeps chickens and is working on the eco-renovation of an old stone barn.