Eat Your Pumpkin

Isn’t it weird that 15.8 million pumpkins will go to waste this Halloween, carved but not eaten? That’s enough for 95 million meals! The humble pumpkin is meant to be eaten, but this is often overshadowed by its role as a Jack o’ Lantern – in fact, many people still don’t know carving pumpkins are edible. Now that you do, are you ready to eat yours?

Scare off the food waste this Halloween

1) Smaller is sweeter

Did you know that carving pumpkins are grown for size, not taste? Squash the myths and choose a smaller pumpkin this year, it'll be tastier to eat. Check out our tips on choosing a pumpkin

2) Pimp your pumpkin

Carving is so last year... Decorate to cut the waste, skip the mess and save the stress. It'll keep your pumpkin fresher for longer, so you can carve it when you're ready to eat. Want some inspo? Here are our favourite ways to pimp your pumpkin.

3) Eat your pumpkin

It's simple - eat your pumpkin, everything but the stalk. Find out more about how to eat your pumpkin, or jump straight in with our cauldron full of recipes, from savoury dishes to sweet treats.

You #EatYourPumpkin, we'll work with retailers and growers to spotlight the issue of pumpkin food waste and take action to reduce it.

Too easy? Here’s how you can take it further...

  • Spread the word. We're got a digital resource pack full of info and social posts, to help you spread the word further.
  • Host an event. Whether you want to host a cosy pumpkin lunch with your family, a ‘decorate and dine’ class for your colleagues, or a giant pumpkin festival, we've created a 'How To' guide and resources to help you every step of the way.
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Eat Your Pumpkin is supported by the 5p Cup Charge. In 2018 Starbucks introduced a 5p charge on single-use cups in the UK. The 5ps are donated to Hubbub to run campaigns that build stronger, greener communities.

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