Points to remember
- Start by making a cavity in the middle of your pumpkin to remove the seeds. Draw a circle on the base of the pumpkin, cut it out using a knife then pull the circle away. Scrape away the seeds and stringy flesh using a spoon.
- To make a decorative pumpkin, attach a template - or draw on your own design - then mark the outline using a skewer to punch holes in the pumpkin.
- Remove the template then cut along the dotted lines with a knife. To add definition, peel away the top layer of the skin to reveal the lighter flesh underneath.
- To create a simple lantern, punch holes through the pumpkin using an apple corer. Add your candle and enjoy!
Choose the right knife
We recommend using a small, serrated, flexible knife to carve your pumpkin.
Use the seeds and fibres as a base for stock. The resulting liquor is surprisingly flavourful and a welcome change from the standard vegetable stock cube. Use in vegetable soups or pumpkin risotto.
Using the seeds
The seeds roast up to a lovely crunchy snack. Wash to remove the fibres, then toss in olive oil, salt and pepper and some cumin seeds. Spread out over a tray and bake at 180C for 20 mins until crisp. Sprinkle over soup or eat as a snack.