Happy Halloween!

Too Good To Waste

Did you know that 95% of all pumpkins grown in the UK are produced solely for the purpose of carving into lanterns? 60% of us then discard the scooped-out flesh and the pumpkin shell after Halloween, that’s 8 million pumpkins that are wasted!

Here at Relish, we’re passionate about minimising food waste so we’d love to share a couple of ideas to allow you to make your pumpkin go further than just a scary face!

Almost every part of a pumpkin can be eaten from the seeds to the skin. Why not try roasting the skin; it becomes beautifully crisp?

Pumpkins also freeze well; simply dice, parboil, steam or roast then pop in a sealed container and place in the freezer for up to 3 months. You can then add it to risottos, curries or salads when you need an extra ingredient.

Place the flesh of your carved-out pumpkin on a baking tray and drizzle with oil, then season. Roast until tender and cool. Add chickpeas, garlic, tahini and lemon juice and blend in a food processor. Serve with toasted pitta bread and crudites for a perfectly healthy snack.

You can also roast the seeds for a truly nutritious and delicious snack. Rinse well and boil in a saucepan for 10 minutes, drain and pat dry. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt, smoked paprika and ground cumin and spread on a baking tray. Roast for 10 minutes or until golden and crisp.

Fun Facts about Halloween…

Halloween goes back more than 2,000 years

Halloween all started as a pre-Christian Celtic festival called Samhain (which means “summer’s end”) held around the first of November. It celebrated the final day of the harvest and the crossing of spirits over into the other world.

Lanterns used to be Carved from Turnips and Potatoes

In Ireland lanterns were created by carving faces into a turnip to scare away “Stingy Jack” or other ghostly spirits, hence “Jack of the lantern” or “jack o’ lantern”. Once Halloween became popular in America, people used pumpkins instead!

Trick or Treating has existed since the Medieval Times

An activity that sadly won’t be taking place this year but back then, it was known as “guising” in Scotland and Ireland. Young people dressed up in costumes and asked for food or money in exchange for songs, poems, or tricks.

This year will be the first Halloween to have a full moon in 19 years

Full moons on Halloween are pretty rare. The last time there was a full moon on October 31, it was 2001 — and before that, it was 1955. The next one won’t occur until 2039 so make sure you pop outside and take a look!