Be a pumpkin-eater

Wasted pumpkins are missed culinary opportunities

The United States produces about 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins a year, an estimated two-thirds of which end up used as decorations, before being sent to the landfill. Give a pumpkin a second life by eating what’s left. The seeds, roasted and seasoned to your taste, make a snack high in zinc, copper and protein. As for the flesh, the Internet abounds with recipes ranging from pumpkin Sloppy Joes (at to milkshake and pickled rind recipes ( Take advantage of discounted pumpkins after Halloween to experiment with more—and if you’re hopeless in the kitchen, at least compost your pumpkin.