Today we’re adding a new element to the old adage of “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.” We’re talking about Regrow! There are quite a few common vegetables that can easily be regrown after they’ve been “used” in your kitchen for meal prep and cooking. Regrowing them requires little to no green thumb and no dirt. All you need is water and a cup (or mason jar or vase or any other cylindrical container).
Kitchen “Scraps” That You Can Regrow
Scallions and green onions
Once you’ve use the green tops of your scallions and green onions, place the bulbs in a container with enough water to cover just the white bulb. Keep it on your counter or windowsill, and the greens will begin regrowing almost immediately. In a few days, you’ll have fresh scallions and green onions for whatever you are planning to cook. They’ll continue to regrow as long as their water supply is fresh and adequate. Sometimes a funky stale smell can occur, so simply change out the water and rinse the bulbs every few days. This will take care of any slimy buildup or odor.
*Once the roots have sprouted in these guys, you’ll want to transplant them into potting soil or directly into your garden.
**Pineapples are a little more tricky. They take a lot of time and patience and a willingness to start over. Cut the top of the pineapple off and scrape away any fruit so you are left with just the green, leafy top. Place in a container of water. The water needs to be changed daily, and the cutting must be kept in direct sunlight for at least a week. Once roots sprout, the cutting will need to be transplanted into soil. And just three short years later, you’ll (hopefully!) have a pineapple to enjoy!
***Avocados are for the advanced kitchen-scrap gardener. You’ll need toothpicks and a shallow dish, and it will need to be kept in partial sunlight in a warm area. Clean the avocado stone to remove any tasty bits of avocado and, using the toothpicks, suspend the avocado seed so the water only covers the bottom third of the stone. In six weeks, you should have a stem of about six inches. Once leaves appear on the stem, plant in soil with only half the stone covered. In three to fifteen years, you’ll have fresh avocados for your guacamole!
Do you regrow your kitchen scraps? Tell us about it in the comments!