Grantham Clean and Green: Don’t be afraid to use all of your pumpkin this Halloween

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Don’t just throw out your pumpkin after Halloween – eat it!

South Kesteven District Council is urging residents to use all of the contents of their pumpkins this Halloween.

The popular fruit that is commonly carved into lanterns for celebrations on October 31 often has its seeds and fruit thrown away into households’ black bins or pink bags.

However, there are alternatives with the leftovers that could help residents do more for their environment and help save money at the same time.

Pumpkins are rich in vitamins and minerals and a great food source for pumpkin soup, pumpkin tart or even pumpkin lasagne.

Alternatively, leftovers can be placed together that over time break down safely and help provide a nitrogen rich ingredient to make compost.

Portfolio holder for leisure, arts and culture Councillor John Smith said: “We know pumpkins are increasingly popular during Halloween across the country and among our residents.

“Therefore we see more left in black bins and pink bags each year, a trend we would like to see decrease given the healthy leftovers that could be put to better use.

“Using all of them can be fun, with the fruit and seeds providing a healthy alternative for meals and snacks and the remainder can help make compost.”

Find pumpkin recipes and tips at the Love Food Hate Waste website