Common Foods You Can Easily Regrow From Scraps

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Written by: Kavata Kithome

Both my grandmother and mother have green thumbs; it seems like anything they touch grows and becomes rich and fruitful.

Growing up, I watched as my mother would garden every weekend for hours. Her garden was her baby and it was inspiring to see how she was able to create with such ease. She even invited me to garden with her and back then (and admittedly even now), I was really squeamish when it came to bugs, so it suffices to say that I was not the best helper.

One thing I saw my mother often do was use food waste from her garden. She would use things like the seeds from a lemon or orange, old onions and potatoes, the peels from fruits or vegetables, etc. She sometimes would even use sprouted legumes.

I have recently begun to follow in my mother’s footsteps, slowly trying my hand in re-growing things. With her guidance and my extensive amount of research on the internet, I have found that regrowing your scraps is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and decrease food waste. If you are looking to do that, then read on:

Five Plants You Can Easily Regrow From Table Scraps

1. Potatoes: Who doesn’t love potatoes? They were my mother’s go-to when it came to regrowing. The key to re-growth when it comes to potatoes is their eyes.

How to regrow:

    • Find a potato that has robust eyes.
    • Cut it into 2 inch pieces, ensuring each piece has one or two eyes and leave them to sit for a day or two to dry out and callous over (this process allows you to get the maximum nutritional benefits and prevents rotting after you plant the pieces).
    • Plant the potatoes about eight inches deep with the eyes facing upward.
    • Cover with four inches of soil.
    • When the potatoes begin to grow and spread their roots, add more soil, especially around the base to support growth.

 

It is important to remember that potatoes are nutrient hungry and enjoy a rich environment. It’s best to turn compost through your soil before you plant.

How to regrow:

    • Cut off the top part and place the root end in a mason jar with enough water to cover the root (leave it in a sunny place).
    • Once new growth starts to appear, transplant your lemongrass into a pot and take it outside to a sunny area.
    • When it comes to harvesting your lemongrass, wait until the stalks are about foot tall and cut off what you need and leave the rest to keep growing.

 

3. Ginger: Ginger is easy to re-grow. Can you imagine having constant access to ginger at home?

How to regrow:

    • Take a spare piece of the ginger rhizome (that thick part you cook with) and place it in potting soil with the new buds facing out.
    • Place your ginger in filtered, non direct sunlight in a warm, moist environment.
    • When the plant gets to a place to harvest, pull up and out the whole plant, including the roots.
    • Remove a piece of the rhizome and repeat.

 

Before you know it, the ginger will be growing new roots. Ginger has a lovely fragrance and is a good accent as a houseplant.

4. Garlic: Garlic is incredible to always have on hand. You can regrow it from a single clove.

How to regrow:

    • Plant the clove, root end down in a warm position and in direct sunlight. The clove will root itself and start to create new shoots.
    • Once it grows, cut back the shoots and let the garlic grow into greatness. You can redo this process just like the ginger.

 

5. Pineapple: How amazing would it be if you could just go to your garden and get a pineapple? Well, follow these steps and you can!

How to regrow:

    • The key to regrowing a pineapple is to remove the green leafy part at the top, ensuring that there is no fruit attached. An easy way would be to twist it off.
    • Carefully slice small, horizontal sections from the bottom until you see root buds (the small circles on the flat base of the stalk).
    • Remove the bottom layers of leaves, leaving an inch at the base and plant in the soil.

 

As I mentioned above, I am following my mother’s example and trying my hand at gardening, so this is an ongoing process for me. I would love to hear from you, do you regrow any of your table scraps? How do they turn out? Do you have any hacks to share? Please share with us in the comments below!

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Kavata Kithome is an advocate for living your best life, full of health and longevity. While working closely with gym owners and personal trainers, she was able to sculpt a well-rounded view of fitness and understands how to incorporate it with a healthy balanced diet. She is a regular contributor to the One More Step Lifestyle brand.
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