Filipinos are known to love cooking and eating—we’re adventurous when it comes to food. We often try and experiment with different meats, vegetables, and condiments, and more often than not, it turns out good.
And despite the hassle cooking entails—chopping, peeling, grating, and cleaning up—many of us still love to create magic in the kitchen. But did you know that you can still use some of the items you used to just throw away after cooking?
Yes, the peels, scraps, and roots you just throw away once you’re done cooking can still be used. These scraps and leftovers can be used to re-grow fruits and vegetables right in your own backyard. It saves you time and money, and you’ll be sure that there are no chemicals used. (Read: Gardening in the City? Here Are Some Tips From an Expert!)
Here are some vegetables and fruits you can grow from scraps and peels.
You can re-grow an avocado by using seed from used or eaten avocado. Just wash the seed and poke some toothpicks onto it to keep it suspended. Place it in a bowl of water, with the water just touching around an inch of the bottom of the seed. Make sure to not submerge the whole seed in water. (Read: 4 Amazing Health Benefits of Avocado)
Re-grow the versatile and commonly used garlic by grabbing one clove with the root still attached. Put it in soil with the root under the soil. Make sure that the area is well lit as garlic loves the sunlight.
Peelings of potatoes can be used to re-grow them. The peelings with “eyes” or roots attached to them can be planted in soil with the “eye” facing up. It will only take a few weeks to grow before you see it sprout.
You can use the top of pineapples to re-grow them at home. Just like avocado, you just need to place toothpicks on it to suspend it above water so it wouldn’t be fully submerged in water. Change the water every other day to make sure the level of water stays the same. (Read: Travel Around Philippines With These Fruits in Season!)
Use tomato seeds you would normally throw away to re-grow them in your backyard. Wash the seeds and let them dry before planting them in a small container with soil. Once you see some growth of around 4 inches, you can transfer it outdoors into a larger area.
To grow your own apple tree at home, you just need several apple seeds from a fully consumed apple! Just like tomatoes, you just need to wash them and let them dry first before planting. You would need at least two apple plants for it to grow, so you should plant more than two seeds.