Sometimes I feel sorry for the left over bits of fruits and vegetables that I throw out. For something so fresh and good, it seems like every part of it should be used. Believe it or not, you can. Not only is this a great summer project, but it will also save you some money: there are several fruits and veggies that you can regrow, right at home, with only their scraps!
You might be surprised by some of the fruits and veggies you can actually regrow. The pineapple definitely took me by surprise, along with some of the others listed below.
All you need are some pots and soil, glass jars, toothpicks, sunlight, and a windowsill!
To start the process, most of the foods listed above need to be soaked in water. I collected a few jars around my house, and gathered a few toothpicks. I decided to grow pineapple, avocado, and green onion.
Take the pit from an avocado and submerge the rounded end in water. I stuck 4 toothpicks around the outside so that they would rest on the outside of the glass jar to keep the pit in place.
You do the same thing for the pineapple, but this one is a little trickier to prep. First, remove the root. The best way to do this is to grab the base where the leaves start, then twist and pull up. Any excess fruit that is left will only rot in the growing process, so make sure to cut all of that away. Once your pineapple looks something like the above photo, you can stick toothpicks in around the base and place in a jar so that the portion of the root below the leaves is submerged in the water.
For the green onion, simply place in a jar with the white root portion submerged in water.
Now, all it takes is a little patience! When the water starts to look dirty, you can change it as needed. When roots begin to grow, you can transfer your fruits and veggies to a pot with soil.
Once planted, place them in a spot where they can get direct sunlight.
I can’t wait to start seeing the roots grow. I’ll keep you posted on their progress! Have you ever tried re-growing foods from scraps? Let us know what has worked for you!
For a full list of foods and their instructions check out this article.
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