Whenever our fruits and vegetables start showing signs that they’re sprouting, we end up tossing them in the bin because it “looks” inedible. Is it because people just refuse to believe that this produce has a life of its own? A lot of hard work goes into growing a mere potato, and all the other kitchen scraps that we throw into the bin without a second thought. We do this because its been ingrained in us that food that looks imperfect is inedible. We would not throw a houseplant out because it has one brown leaf, why should we throw out a garlic that has started to sprout?
Here are 7 types of kitchen scraps that we should start upcycling instead of tossing them in the bin – they are just far too valuable and wasteful to be thrown away.
For those who love garlic enough to keep vampires away, you don’t have to spend time picking the best looking garlic bulb at the grocery store anymore because you can grow them with just a little soil and water at home! Click here to learn how you can do this.
Onions are like garlic’s cousin. They are both a kitchen staple and can be added to almost any main course to further elevate the taste. They are also one of the easiest vegetables to regrow from scraps. First, cut off the root end of your onion, leaving a 1/2 inch of onion on the roots. Place it in a sunny location and cover the top with soil. Make sure to keep the soil moist by watering when needed. Onions also have other uses besides adding flavor to food. They are rich in antibacterial and antifungal properties, and can be useful for promoting hair growth. Simply blend the onion and massage it onto your head at least twice a week..
3. Romaine lettuce
Romaine lettuce is the main ingredient for Caesar salad and can also be used for taco toppings, or lettuce wraps (a low-carb alternative to a burger bun, too!). Did you know that you do not need to put Romaine lettuce in soil for it to grow? Find directions here.
We are not going to lie that this will take a whole lot of patience. A pineapple can be regrown from its crown. It takes a full year to yield a sweet-tasting fruit but they are generally easy to care for as they do not need much water. You just need to understand what kind of conditions pineapple do and do not like. Research is probably the hardest part of the growing process but after that, you can sit back and relax while your pineapple grows. Read about it here.
5. Green onions, leeks and scallions
A staple in any Asian household, these vegetables grow quickly and will save you the most money in the long run. All you have to do is place the roots of your green onions, leeks or scallions in a jar of water, and place the jar near the window, as they need a good amount of sunlight to grow. Remember to change the water every other day. You should have a new green onion, leek or scallion in just a week’s time.
The world has become obsessed with this superfood. Avocados show up in salads, toast, smoothies, and even ice cream! There’s a good reason for this and that is because numerous studies had proven this fruit’s powerful health benefits. Learn how to grow your own so that you do not need to worry about your supply of avocados in the future.
Of course, we cannot leave out the beloved potato. Use small pieces of potatoes with 2-3 “eyes” and place in the sun for two to three days until you notice them sprouting. You can then plant it into a pot of soil and harvest continuously once the leaves turn yellow. Read the detailed steps to plant potatoes here.
Watch this Buzzfeed video on how you can grow vegetables from scraps.