Never spend money on these fruits and vegetables again!
Did you know that many of the scraps of fresh fruit and vegetables that are throw away can actually be re-grown into new produce?
Fresh fruit and vegetable waste is one of the biggest household black holes, with many people only using a small amount of what they buy.
The stalks and roots of many of these vegetable can be used to re-grow the produce, meaning that if you harness them correctly, you will never have to spend money on these items again!
Fennel, Scallions, Onions and Leeks
These root vegetables can be re-grown using the white end of the root. Onions and leeks are among some of the most commonly used vegetables, but every time you throw away the stalk end you are throwing away an opportunity to have your own supply. Keep the root and place into a glass of water in a well lit area. Soon you will notice small shoots appearing from the root, in time these will be big enough to be used again in your cooking.
Cabbage, Celery, Romaine Lettuce and Bok Choi
Again, all of these vegetables hold the power to re-grow in their roots. The roots again should be places in a receptacle of water and left to sprout in a well lit area. If indoor space is an issue, these can also be planted outside but they need to be given a large supply of water.
This herb is popular in Eastern cookery, but can be expensive to replenish all the time. Use what you need from the stem and keep the root end and put the rest in a jar of water in a well lit area. The roots will soon start to sprout again and will be ready to be used.
Potatoes are incredibly easy to grow, but most people will buy them from the supermarket instead of growing their own. All you need is a potato that has started sprouting a couple of ‘eyes’ from it. Cut the potato into 2 inch square pieces, each with an ‘eye’ on it, and place into fertile soil. The potato tends to grow easily almost anywhere and should sprout in no time.
Another spice popular in exotic dishes, ginger adds a lovely warm depth to stir frys and curries. You should save the rhizome (the thick nobbly part) and plant this in potted soil with plenty of moisture and in a warm place.
Garlic can be re-grown from a single clove, all you need to do is plant the bulb top end downwards into fertile soil. The root will soon spring up through the soil and when it has turned brown this is when you can dig up your fully formed bulb.
Save the top of the carrot with the green sprouts and suspend carefully using toothpicks over a glass of water in a well lit area, the bottom part of the carrot should by submerged in the water. In time, the carrots will start to shoot in the water and then they can be planted in soil to grow fully.
These can be re-grown although it can take a couple of years to see results. If you can wait this long, plant the top of the pineapple that is usually discarded into fertile soil in a well lit area and you should start to see the plant start to grow in a year of two.