How to make the most of your pumpkin

They might not look quite as you’re expecting, but the seeds from your Jack-O-Lantern Halloween pumpkin are completely edible, with a crunchy white hull hiding the green seeds that we all recognise. There’s also lots of pulp and flesh that’s filled with goodness – it would be ghoulish to throw it away!

When you’re emptying out your pumpkin before carving, simply scoop out the seeds and pulp into a bowl and separate as best you can. To clean the seeds, you can pop them into a colander, rinse them under cold water and shake.


Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

To roast pumpkin seeds, first spread them over an oiled baking sheet and roast them in the oven at 130°C for 30 minutes to dry them out.

Once dried, you can toss the seeds in herbs and spices of your choice and return them the oven for up to 20 minutes until crisp and golden. Help the spices combine with the seeds by using a drop of olive oil or agave sugar.

Our favourite combinations include:

Cinnamon and sugar, BBQ, Jerk, Allspice, ginger and mixed vine fruit but you can experiment with your favourite herbs, spices and wholefoods.


Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Hulled pumpkin seeds make excellent pesto, perfect for dipping, sandwiches and salads.

200g raw pumpkin seeds – soaked for 2 hours (rinse and drain well)
118ml cup extra virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves – peeled and chopped small
Apple cider vinegar, to taste
20g of fresh basil leaves (green or purple variety)
1 tsp. pink himalayan salt

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. If you like your pesto chunky, don’t process as long. Season to taste.

Looking to make it go a little further or want to really pack in the nutrients? Experiment with adding Avocado, spinach, kale, chilli and lemon juice.


Pumpkin Body Scrub

Carved out some pulp and flesh too? Don’t let the goodness go to waste, the pumpkin pulp and flesh is just as valuable as the seeds.

We love a DIY body scrub. This pumpkin sugar scrub is as easy as..well, pumpkin pie. Many swear by the natural enzymes in raw pumpkin!

250g course pink himalaysan salt or granulated, coarse sugar.
115g  cup pumpkin puree from your carved pumpkin. (You might need to stick it in the food processor first!)
1 tsp honey
1 tbsp sweet almond oil

Stick the pumpkin pulp in the food processor if you need first, with an of the flesh you’ve removed.

Mix all the ingredients together and store in an air tight jar. Pop it in the fridge ready to use.

There really are so many options when it comes to Pumpkins, why not share with us your favourite recipe?

We recommend carrying out a patch test 24hrs before using this body scrub all over’.

About the Author

Georgia

As an animal lover and baking enthusiast, Georgia can often be found experimenting with plant-based recipes in her kitchen.

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