Halloween isn’t traditionally a big deal in South Africa, but as the world gets smaller and we dip out toes into global culture, we find ourselves in pumpkin frenzy through October

From pumpkin to spice everything actual pumpkins placed all over the place as decorations. Off the back of World Food Day it’s hard to see pumpkins as disposable decorations.

Here are some cool ideas and recipes for joining the pumpkin frenzy without wasting food.

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Decorate don’t carve

Decorating your pumpkin with markers and stickers, instead of carving them means you can simply peel and use the pumpkins. Taking away the dangerous knife and carving element from the pumpkin decorating also means you can let the kids go wild without worry.

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Leave the pumpkins as they are

There is such a big variety of pumpkins available, especially now in anticipation of Halloween. A collection of pumpkins can be a low effort décor piece in line with the season and all the festivities.

Pumpkin Fritters with Sweet Ginger Yoghurt recipe

Traditional South African recipe for Pumpkin Fritters with a new twist – a sweet ginger yogurt dipping sauce

Vegan Beetroot, Pumpkin and Walnut Bread recipe

A delicious and healthy recipe for vegan beetroot, pumpkin, and walnut bread loaf filled with goodness and mouthwatering with a spread of nut butter

Larry’s Pumpkin Pie recipe

A delicious homemade Pumpkin Pie with cinnamon and spices

Sweet pumpkin porridge recipe

If you love pumpkin pie, you’ll love this sweet pumpkin porridge.

It’s delicious, nutritious, and the perfect way to have a veggie-packed breakfast or dessert. While some might see this as a take on rice pudding, the first spoonful of this comforting porridge makes it clear, pumpkin is the star of this dish.


Pumpkin Madeleines with Caramel Drizzle recipe

Pumpkin Madeleines recipe, with a sticky sweet caramel drizzle over the top. This sweet and sticky twist on the traditional Madeleine recipe is the perfect festive treat and pairs well with all the earthy tastes of pumpkin spice.