10 Foods That You Can Regrow From Scraps Using Nothing But Water… – Eco Snippets

10 Foods That You Can Regrow From Scraps Using Nothing But Water…

10 Foods That You Can Regrow From Scraps Using Nothing But Water…

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If you’re interested in saving a bit of money, and enjoying the benefits of growing your own food, you might be interested to know there are certain foods that you can grow directly from scarps that you’d usually throw away.

More interestingly still, you can quite happily grow these in a container of water alone – that means there’s no need for soil, or transplanting to a garden, simply pop them into a container of water and let them do their thing…

10 Foods That You Can Regrow From Scraps Using Nothing But Water…

Why Should You Considering Regrowing Food In Water?

There’s plenty of reasons, but the most important ones to me are:

(1) It’s absolutely free.

You already bought the vegetable. All it costs is a few tablespoons of water… but if you’re smart about it, you can re-use water you’ve already used for boiling pasta or while you were waiting for the shower to get hot.

(2) It’ll trim your grocery budget.

Granted, you won’t get a huge harvest out of any of these items, but it’s still food and every little bit helps. Even if it’s a few leaves of lettuce to scoop your tuna salad with, it’s food you didn’t have to buy!

(3) It makes organics more affordable.

If you start with organic food, you’ll grow organic… so you’ll reap the benefits of organic greens without actually paying for them!

(4) It’s easy.

Do I have to explain further? I mean, stick the plant in water and watch it grow. Really – it’s that easy!

10 Foods That You Can Regrow From Scraps Using Nothing But Water…

Note that I only listed vegetables that legitimately grew in water and water alone. Sure, there’s plenty more that can START in water and then be transplanted to soil and yes, beans will sprout in water, but unless the vegetable will grow into more vegetable that can be eaten as-is with only the use of a cup of water, I kept it off this list.

General Guidelines

  • Be sure to check the water every 3-4 days to ensure that a) there’s enough water, and b) no rogue lettuce pieces fall off and slime up your bowl.
  • The size of container should be relative to the food you’re growing. Lettuce and celery should be in shallow bowls while green onion and lemongrass can be in taller, skinny glasses.
  • Think outside the box for containers – glass jars, small vases, storage bowls, shot glasses… anything can be used so long as it’s appropriate for the plant!
  • You can regrow multiples of the same plant as long as you’re not overcrowding the area. 1-2 green onions will fit in a shot glass and 3-4 lemongrass will fit in a small vase.

10 Foods That Regrow In Water Alone…

Here are 10 different foods that you can regrow using nothing but water…

Bok Choi
Cut off the bottom of the stalk and place in a small bowl of water. New growth begins from the center in 1-2 days with significant growth in less than a week!

Cabbage
Place the root end in shallow bowl of water and watch it grow from the center. Be sure to harvest on the smaller side to get the best flavor.

Carrot Greens
You can’t regrow an actual carrot, but you can regrow the greens! Place the cut-off end of a carrot in a shallow bowl of water. Harvest the greens as they grow and add to salads.

10 Foods That You Can Regrow From Scraps Using Nothing But Water…

Celery
Cut off the bottom 2″ of the stalk and place in a small bowl of water. New growth begins from the center in 3-4 days. It might take awhile for a full stalk of celery to grow, but you’ll get great growth in the center for flavoring dishes. If you don’t know what to do with the leaves, dehydrate them and make your own dried celery powder.

Fennel
Cut off the bottom 1″ of the base so that the roots are intact and place in a small bowl of water.

Garlic Chives
Garlic chives are the green that grows from a clove of garlic and can be added to dishes that traditionally call for green onion chives like salads and baked potatoes. Place a garlic clove in a small cup and add water to the bottom without submerging. Roots will grow in a few days and shoots will grow shortly after!

Tip: Garlic starts to lose it pungent flavor when the shoots grow, so if you find a rogue clove in your fridge or pantry starting to shoot, place it in a cup of water to grow chives instead of throwing the clove away!

Green Onion
Keep the white part of the onion with any roots that are in still intact. Place in a glass with water and you’ll have a never-ending supply of fresh green onion!

10 Foods That You Can Regrow From Scraps Using Nothing But Water…

Leeks
Cut off the bottom 2-3″ of the stalk and place in a cup of water. New growth will come from the center of the plant. Usually only the green part of the leek is used in cooking, but it can be used interchangeably with onions for a delicious, mellow flavor.

Lemongrass
Cut off 2-3″ from the bottom and place in a tall container with 1/2″ or so of water. New lemongrass shoots will grow from the center.

Lettuce
Cut off the bottom of the head of lettuce and place it in a small bowl of water. New growth begins from the center of the in as little as 3 days and you’ll have a new half-head of lettuce in about 2 weeks. I’ve heard romaine re-grows best, but I’ve had success with green leaf and red leaf lettuce too.

10 Foods That You Can Regrow From Scraps Using Nothing But Water…

Got more scraps?
There’s plenty more vegetables that will regrow using just a small scrap of the original food. These listed below can be started in water, but should be transplanted to dirt for full growth and harvest.

  • avocado
  • basil
  • beets
  • cilantro
  • ginger
  • lemon balm
  • mint
  • mushrooms
  • onions (white/yellow/red)
  • parsnips
  • pineapple
  • potatoes
  • rosemary
  • sweet potatoes
  • turnips

And of course, you can save the seeds/pits from apples, cherries, lemons, nectarines, peaches, peppers (sweet and hot), plums, pumpkins and tomatoes to grow your own new vegetables!

We have several heads of lettuce regrowing on our kitchen table, which makes for a pretty and practical centerpiece! If you had a shelf near a window, you could keep all your plants there and just harvest when they’re big!

Just think – if we did all of the above, we might not ever have to shop at the grocery store again!

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