Pumpkin carving is one of the strangest traditions. We have manipulated thousands of years of agriculture to accommodate our desire to turn squash into artwork. As you’re carving your pet’s face into your Halloween pumpkin, take a moment to consider the benefits of the excess. Pumpkin seeds are discarded more often than not, but did you know they have nearly 10 milligrams of zinc per 3.5 ounces? Pumpkin seeds are loaded with phosphorus, magnesium, iron and copper and provide an excellent source of vitamin K. On top of the health benefits, they are incredibly easy to cook. Place your pumpkin seeds into a bowl of melted butter and coat, then add an equal measure of salt, plus a hefty dash of ground ginger and about half that much of orange zest. Once thoroughly coated, lay them on a greased cooking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. It’s easy, it’s impressive and it’s tasty.