Halloween is here for a spooky start to the holiday season! We love all the festivities- hilarious costumes, honey candy, and definitely carving pumpkins. While we crank up the fun factor though, and we do, we know it’s still important to celebrate eco-friendly style. When you carve your Jack o-lantern, you don’t have to waste a thing. Save a few seeds to grow new pumpkins, try this freaky good recipe for Tupelo Candied Pumpkin Seeds, use the guts for a glorious honey body scrub, and compost the rest after Halloween!
Grow those pumpkin
Simply stick the seeds in soil, don’t let the it dry out, and keep in or near sun. They grow easily with lots of love and water, and if you’re short on space try a trellis.
You can choose a smaller varietal, like pie pumpkins, for vertical growing or google pumpkin hammocks to give those gargantuan gourds some extra support. Wiki How has a great guide on How-To Grow a Pumpkin.
Tupelo Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Toasted pumpkin seeds have never been so good. I’ve only ever eaten them because they’re healthy, now I eat them because they’re delicious too. I can’t stop, won’t stop. This simple recipe will make these healthy snacks the best you’ve ever eaten. The Tupelo Honey caramelizes with such a buttery flavor these toasted pumpkin seeds taste like movie theater popcorn.
When you carve your Jack-o-Lantern, drop the seeds into a bowl of water for a little rinse
Pat seeds dry, salt generously, and toss with drizzled Tupelo Honey
Spread sweetly salted seeds across a lined baking sheet
Bake at 350, toss at 10 min, then every five min after. 15-20 min total. Maybe 25.
Try to let them cool before you eat them, honey will caramelize into Candied Pumpkin Seeds. Check out Buzzfeed’s 21 Delicious Things To Do With Pumpkin Seeds, “There’s edible gold in them thar gourds.”
Pumpkin Honey Scrub
This surprisingly luxe scrub is easy to make and leaves your skin soft and bright. Vitamin-packed pumpkin restores your glow, baking soda gently exfoliates, and raw honey hydrates to polish your skin. After separating the seeds, boil the gooey pumpkin guts to break down the fibers. After that cools, mix together: 1 cup pumpkin, 1 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup raw honey. Store in the fridge – up to a week.
Written by Queen Bee Kate Dowdle
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