Students at Sybil Andrews Academy in Bury St Edmunds have been proving that pumpkins are not just for Hallowe’en in an attempt to tackle food waste.
The Year 7 students were given pumpkins to take home during half term and asked to produce a recipe from the leftover flesh, to be tasted by everyone on October 31.
Karen Cannard, school librarian, said: “The statistics around food waste at Hallowe’en are shocking and have surprised a lot of our students. The amount of wasted pumpkin that is thrown away is the equivalent of 32 million slices of pumpkin pie - as people see it as decoration and not food.
Dishes included pumpkin pie, pumpkin scones and pumpkin muffins.
Emily Wells, one of the students who took part in the day, said: “I love cooking so I really enjoyed this project.
“I was surprised that so much pumpkin was wasted so it was great to cook with it. I made pumpkin passion cupcakes and they tasted really nice.”
The students were also given the chance to take a ride on a smoothie bike and make Hallowe’en-themed smoothies while pedalling.
The school organised the day of activities in partnership with West Suffolk councils as part of Sainsbury’s Waste Less Save More campaign.