On the subject of kitchen recycling even the most careful and virtuous of you may have underestimated the infinite possibilities that are hidden behind a trivial root or a plant leftover that only seems to be destined to finish in the garbage. Today Healthy Food Mind would like to explain you how to regrow a plant from one food waste.
In fact there are plenty of vegetables, that can be easily regrown, giving life to a new plant and becoming a new source of food. All we have to do is to know the varieties that are best suited to be regrown at home and follow a few simple but essential tips about how to give a new life to our ‘leftovers’.
Plant varieties more prone to easy and rapid regrowth are at least 10, all very commonly used in cooking, and the methods to regrow a new plant from a scrap are easy to apply. It is obviously very important that we use ‘high quality’ scrap and even better, that it is of biological origin to ensure a good regrowth of fresh and genuine plants. With a little ‘patience and a few tricks, your garden obtained by organic food waste will give you great satisfaction. Let’s see how to do it:
How to regrow a plant from kitchen scraps:
Fennel, shallots, chives and leeks
Fennel, shallots, chives and leeks can regrow easily using the white root of the plant. Put the root in a glass jar and place it in a sunny place (such as on the kitchen windowsill) with a bit ‘of water. Within a few days you will see that the green part of the plant will start to germinate and you can cut off the right amount that you want to use in the kitchen. The root must always be wet, and the water should be changed once a week.
Celery, cabbage and romaine lettuce
Celery, cabbage and romaine lettuce. Similar as the leeks, these plants can be replanted from their white root. Once you cut the stems as you normally do to use the edible part of the vegetable, simply put the base of the root in a shallow bowl with water in sufficient quantity to cover the white part but not the upper end. Place the bowl in a sunny place and keep the root dripping wet with a vaporizer, within a few days new leaves will sprout from the roots. A week later, the new plant will be ready to be transferred in the ground where will regrow.
Garlic, onions and ginger
Garlic, onions and ginger. They are among the vegetables that are easiest to be re-cultivated starting from their own scraps. To get a new garlic, for example, it will be enough to plant a clove with the root downwards and place the container in a very hot and bright place, by direct sunlight. It is similar for ginger (but ginger does not like direct light), the root will quickly start producing new shoots. After a few days, it will be enough to graft the plant and cut the sprouts to allow the plants to produce new bulbs.
How many times have we thrown in the trash an old wrinkled potato thinking that we could no longer use it? The old potatoes are perfect for regrow, especially if there are already sprouted some buds on their skin. Cut the potato into pieces (about 2 cm), making sure that the sprouts remain untouched and let them rest for a few days at room temperature. Now buried at 8 cm depth the potato pieces with the bud facing up and make sure that the potato has all the nutrients needed to keep growing (you will need to use a compost). As the plant grows, add more soil until you get a vigorous and healthy growth that will ensure a new crop in a matter of weeks.
Not only they are very delicious, but are also very easy to grow. All you need is a fresh green part of a pineapple that you can buy in the grocery store and some dirt (and a pot if you live in a colder place). Place the fresh green part in the ground or in the pot. Rumor has it, a successfully rooted pineapple plant can take up to 2 years to produce fruit.
Take about one tablespoon of beans and put them in a bowl with shallow water overnight. Rinse the next day and repeat the procedure in the following days until they start sprouting. Beans will likely sprout in just a day or two, but keep rinsing and recovering the beans until sprouts have reached the desired size.