Homegrown Produce: 10 Foods You Can Grow From Kitchen Scraps (Slideshow)
June 23, 2014
Before you throw away food scraps, consider using them to grow your own fruits, vegetables, and herbs
To grow this vegetable at home, simply save the base of the celery after the stalks have been removed. Place the base into a shallow dish of water, ensure that it receives direct sunlight, and once new leaves start to sprout, transplant it.
If you have unused white scallion ends, simply place them in a glass of water and wait for the green stems to regrow. Then, snip the green ends and repeat the growing process.
An endless supply of ginger is easy; place an unused portion of the root into a pot with soil. When the plant starts growing, pull it up, slice off the amount that you need, and re-plant the remainder of the root.
Once the leaves have been sliced from a head of romaine, place the root end into a dish of water, being careful not to submerge the plant. Place the dish in direct sunlight, spritz the plant with water about once a week, and transplant it once leaves begin to sprout.
Two-inch pieces of potato peelings can be dried overnight and planted four inches deep in soil to regrow potatoes. Just make sure each piece of peel has a few eyes on it.
After you slice the top from a pineapple, insert a few toothpicks into it so that it can be suspended in a dish of water. Place the dish into direct sunlight. Make sure the water reaches the base of the pineapple and transplant when roots begin to grow.
Cut carrot tops that are submerged in water will regrow their edible greens. If you wait until roots start to develop, then carrots can be regrown as well.
Much like carrots, turnips can be grown by placing cut tops in water. The greens will sprout first. When the root begins to develop, transplant your turnip.
Beets can also be grown using the same method as carrots and turnips. Just be sure to monitor the water level as you wait for roots to grow.
Rather than discard the root ends of cilantro, place them in a cup of water, provide plenty of sunlight, and transplant them to a pot once leaves start to sprout.