Don’t you just love pumpkins! This time of year pumpkins are everywhere – pumpkin spice latte, fall festivals and everyone’s favorite…jack-o-lanterns. For some, carving a jack-o-lantern is a family tradition. From elaborate designs and intricate cuts to traditional triangle eyes and noses, each jack-o-lantern has a story.
But to get to the intriguing spectacle that is the jack-o-lantern you’ve got to get through a bunch of seeds and guts first. Our first reaction is to obviously toss the orange muck into the nearest plastic bag. After all, what in the world can you do with a bunch of seeds and slimy goop from the innards of the pumpkin? Well…
What if we told you not to toss the goop in the trash? What if we told you to keep it and even “upcycle” it? Here are three out-of-the box ways to turn the jack-o-lantern seeds and guts into something really cool – in three steps.
1. Set the seeds aside for Roasted Pumpkin Seeds.
While kind of high in calories, pumpkin seeds are a good source of protein, vitamin K and phytosterols, which has been shown to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol. So, why not give roasted pumpkin seeds a try? You can go sweet or savory, whatever you like best.
2. Set the orange goo aside for a Pumpkin Face Mask.
Pumpkin actually has loads of enzymes and vitamins that are good for your skin. Who knew?
3. Compost ol’ Jack after Halloween.
Plain and simple, composting is good for the environment.
So there you go. The pumpkin magic doesn’t have to end with the carving. Let us know how you “upcycled” your pumpkin this year. Oh, and we’d love to see pictures of your jack-o-lantern too!