Vegetables have all sorts of benefits, including their nutritional value and low price. But did you know that you get even more value out of your greens by replanting them? Most of the veggies you buy, such as lettuce and green onions, can actually be regrown using just water and some simple steps. Follow our tips and instructions to learn more about how you can have a constant supply of your favorite greens, without paying an extra penny.
First, here are some general guidelines to follow:
The following are 10 foods that re-grow using water alone:
Cut off 2-3" from the bottom of the leek stalk and place it in a cup of water. The center of the plant will start to grow. Although usually only the green part is used for cooking, you can still use the grown parts with onions - for instance - for some added flavor.
To re-grow bok choy, cut off the bottom of the stalk and place it in a small bowl of water. You will see signs of growth at the center after one or two days, and it can grow substantially in less than a week.
Pour some water in a shallow bowl and place the root end of the cabbage into it. In no time, the center will start to grow. It is recommended to harvest on the smaller side for the best flavor.
Replant the carrot by placing its cut-off end in a shallow bowl of water. This will not re-grow an actual carrot, but the greens it produces from the top. These will also look and taste good in your salad.
Cut off the celery stalk 2" from the bottom and place it in a small bowl of water. It will take three to four days until growth in the center becomes noticeable. It may take some time for a full stalk to grow, but you can always use the center growth to add flavor to dishes.
Cut off 1" from the bottom of the fennel base so that the roots are intact. Place it in a small bowl of water and watch it grow.
Re-growing garlic cloves will produce the green you can use with your salad dishes and baked potatoes. Place as few as one clove in a small cup of shallow water, without covering it completely. In a couple of days, you will get roots, then shoots will follow.
Get new shoots from your lemon grass by cutting off 2-3" from its bottom and placing it in a tall container filled with 1/2" of water. Expect growth from the center.
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Grab a head of lettuce and cut off the bottom. Place it in a bowl of water and in just 3 days, you will be able to see the growth occurring at the center. You will have a new half-head of lettuce in only about 2 weeks!
Grab the white part of the onion that has roots still intact and place it in a glass of water for an easy supply of fresh green onion, whenever you need it.
There are other fruits and vegetables that can re-grow using just a scrap of their original harvest and some water. Each of them need to be placed in water, at least to start off, or can be transferred to soil for full growth and harvest. More foods include:
Alternatively, you can keep the seeds or pits of some fruits and plant them in your garden to grow your very own plant or tree. Here are some fruits and vegetables you can do this with: