Pumpkins are an October-November staple for most people. In addition to being a Halloween decoration, pumpkins provide lots of nutritional value at Thanksgiving and beyond. Pumpkin seeds, or pepitas (hull-less), are low in Cholesterol and Sodium, and a good source of Protein, Vitamin K, Iron, Copper, Magnesium, Phosphorus, and Manganese. Raw seeds have fewer antioxidants than roasted seeds. Fresh and canned pumpkins alike are packed full with healthy nutrients.
If you want some tips on keeping your decorative pumpkin out of landfills or from generating harmful methane gas that contributes to climate change, check out Pumpkin Smash in Illinois, and see these National Geographic tips below. Try……..
- Composting (first break the pumpkin into smaller chunks)
- Pumpkin wine from the fermented pumpkin flesh
- Roasted pumpkin seeds
- Pumpkin puree mixed into dog food
- Pig, goat, animal treats (check with local farmers)
- Zoo animal treats/toys (see Oregon Zoo, Pumpkins for Pigs website)
- Do not toss pumpkins out for wildlife (attracts predators)