Fruits And Veggies You Can REGROW
Written by: Brandi Monasco
Times are tough and it seems that the prices of pretty much everything are constantly going up, that includes the prices of food. If you are like many people during these tough times, you like to save a penny or two.
Did you know that there are several fruits and vegetables that you can regrow in your own home from scraps?
Here are a few of those fruits and vegetables and how you can grow them in your home so you can have that pretty penny!
1. Lettuce. If you purchase a head of lettuce with the base still attached, simply cut the base off the leaves and put those aside for a yummy salad. Take the base and place it in a bowl with the bottom down.
Add a small amount of water in the bowl to cover the base, but not more than ¼ inch above the base. Keep the bowl in a place that gets a good amount of sunlight, making sure to replace the water every few days.
In about a week or so, you will start seeing roots growing from the bottom of the base and even leaves growing from the center. Once roots are grown, you can plant the base in soil.
2. Bean Sprouts. Take a tablespoon of beans and put them in a jar. Add a little water to the jar and allow them to sit overnight. In the morning, drain the water off of the beans and put them back into the jar. Add more water and allow them to sit again over night.
Do this repeatedly until you start noticing new growth occurring from the beans. Allow them to grow as big as you want them to.
3. Sweet Potatoes. Cut the sweet potato in half, making sure that each half has skin and one or two eyes. Stick toothpicks in the side of the potato and use those toothpicks to allow the potato to suspend above water in a container. Make sure the water is shallow, but still covering the bottom portion of the potato.
In a few days, roots will start to grow from the eyes of the potato and you will see sprouts beginning at the top of the potato. Once the sprouts reach about four inches in length, twist them off of the potato and place them in a container of water. When these sprouts start to grow roots that are about an inch long, you can plant them in soil.
4. Pineapple. Cut the top off of the pineapple and insert a few toothpicks to hold it. Place the top in a container that is filled with water. Be sure to keep the container in direct sunlight. If you live in a warm area, try sitting the container with the pineapple top outside during the day and bring it in at night. If you live in a cool area, grow your pineapple indoors.
Change the water every other day and keep the container filled with water, just enough so it reaches the base of the pineapple top. In about a week, you will start to see roots growing. Once the roots are formed, you can plant the top in soil.
It’s that easy! And now you will have fresh fruit and vegetables that you can grow from your own home without spending a dime!
Know any other food re-growing tips? Do you already have experience with these techniques? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below!
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Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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