Autumn has come with wind and gold…golden leaves and pumpkins, that is. Pumpkins are a hot commodity come October of every year. Besides being strictly decorative, pumpkins can be used for a variety of things. This year, when gutting your pumpkin to carve your first jack-o-lantern of the season, be careful to save the insides to use the whole pumpkin in a few delicious ways.
When scooping out your pumpkin, save the flesh for a pumpkin puree that can be used to make a home-made pumpkin pie. Although difficult, if you can manage to carve out large pieces of pumpkin flesh, cut into large chunks, and bake in the oven with a little olive oil and seasonings.
Be sure to grab the seeds by the handful, and throw them into a strainer for a quick rinse. Sprinkle the seeds onto a baking sheet, add olive oil and a dash of salt. Bake them in the oven for about 20 minutes and enjoy your new snack.
For the bits and pieces that don’t get used, you can add these to your compost to make a rich new soil your garden will love.