Eating healthy can be expensive, especially when you have to buy fruits and vegetable constantly. If you want to save money and still want to feed your family healthy foods, consider growing your own. You don’t have to buy seeds or starter plants from the store or local nurseries; you can just use the food you already have at home. Here are 35 foods you can regrow.
Cilantro can be grown in pots or in gardens. It is a versatile herb that can be used in a variety of recipes. It is particularly tasty in salsas and dips. Just because you pick off some cilantro to use doesn’t mean you should toss out the plant. Just give it some time, and it will regrow. You will soon have more cilantro for future recipes.
Mint is an herb that can be used in jellies and jams, teas, coffee, and plenty of dishes. It’s also easy to grow. You never want to plant mint directly in the ground because it spreads so quickly and can be invasive. Growing some in a pot in your window is a great option. The mint regrows after you take the leaves, so you never run out.
3) Green Onions (Scallions)
Green onions (also known as scallions) are great for salads, tacos, and just about anything you want to add them to. Most people like to keep some on hand at all times. You don’t have to run to the store when you run out. Just put the unused part with roots in a glass of water and place it near the window. They will grow new shoots that can be cut and used however you like.
Garlic isn’t just tasty; it has a lot of medicinal properties that can help you fight off infections and heal faster. Garlic can be added to a variety of dishes, and it is the most potent when it is fresh. Don’t throw out your unused or old garlic. Plant it and watch new garlic grow.
Celery is one of those foods that you can easily eat as much of as you want. It’s good in roasts, soups, or just dipped in peanut butter. Once you have cut off the parts you want to use, plant the ends in a glass of water or in moist soil and watch it grow.
A lot of people grow tomatoes from seed packets, but you can grow them from the seeds inside the tomatoes just the same. Simply save the seeds or just bury an entire half of a tomato. As it decomposes, it will help the seeds grow better.
7) Romaine Lettuce
Instead of throwing away the center of your romaine lettuce, use it to grow new lettuce. Simply plant it in potting soil and wait for the leaves to poke through. You can regrow it outside or inside. You can do this as many times as you need to.
Potatoes are pretty easy to grow. You may even find them growing in your cabinets when you have left them there for a little too long. You can plant them in a glass jar or bury them in soil, and they will grow roots. Eventually, more potatoes will appear. Repeat the process as much as you want.
Lemongrass can be used as an herb or just grown for decorative purposes. It is also good at repelling mosquitos and other pests. When you cut lemongrass to use, don’t throw away the roots. You can use them to grow more. Keep it all in a small container, and you will always have lemongrass.
10) Ginger Root
Ginger root is a great spice and can be used in a variety of recipes. Since it is a root, it can be buried, and new pieces will grow. Once you have used as much as you want of the ginger, put the remaining root in the soil and let it regrow. It can be grown in a garden or a large planter.
If you think you have to live somewhere warm and tropical to grow a pineapple, think again. Just keep the top that is cut off the pineapple and plant it. A new pineapple will grow from it. You can have fresh pineapple all season long.
A lot of people know how easy it is to grow pumpkins because they have tossed their jack-o’-lanterns out and found a new pumpkin growing in that spot the next year. You can do this with pumpkins and squash as much as you want. They are easy to grow and will pop up almost anywhere.
If you want to regrow fennel, simply cut off the tops and use them as desired. Then, rebury the bottoms. New pieces will grow from the ground up, and you can cut them off and use them again. You can repeat this as long as you want. You can grow fennel in your garden or in planters.
Basil is a popular herb, and it is easy to grow and regrow. You can take the leaves from basil or cut it and add it to soups and other recipes. Just leave it to regrow it its pot, and you will always have plenty of fresh basil to add to your meals.
Turnips are root vegetables, and if you plant the roots, they will grow again. Just like you can replant potatoes and celery, you can do the same with turnips. They grow best in deep planters or gardens, but they can also be grown in large pots.
Avocados are fun to grow. Simply save the pit and place it over a jar of water. It will start to sprout, and roots will appear. You can then bury it in a pot or in the ground, and an avocado tree will appear. You can pick avocados whenever you want.
17) Bean Sprouts
Bean sprouts are great when added to salads or stir-fries or even eaten by themselves. Bean sprouts have tiny roots that grow from them. If you plant the sprouts, they will grow bigger, and more will pop up. You can grow them in your garden or even in a small plastic container on a windowsill.
18) Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes can be regrown just like regular potatoes. They can be grown in a jar of water or just planted in the ground and left to grow. They even have pretty leaves and vines that can be used as a decorative indoor plant in the home.
You love oregano on your pizza and in your spaghetti sauces, so why not keep some on hand? Grow it in a pot or planter, and keep it nearby to pick when you want. The leaves of the oregano plant can be picked, and the plant will continue to grow more.
If you only use the caps of your mushrooms, you may be wondering what to do with the stems. If you plant them, new mushrooms can form. It can take a lot of time and the right conditions, but if you do it right, you can regrow your own mushrooms right on your kitchen counter.
Peppers produce a lot of seeds. Collect them, clean and dry them thoroughly, and then plant them in a pot or garden. Pepper plants can be grown in small containers, so they are perfect for small gardens or even apartment balconies.
Parsley doesn’t only look good as a garnish, it can add color and flavor to your favorite dishes. Instead of picking it up at the store and using a small part while the rest goes to waste, just grow your own and take what you need. The parsley can regrow, so you will always have plenty.
Cherries are great for snacks, smoothies, pies, and even ice cream toppings. Wouldn’t it be nice to have them whenever you wanted them? Simply plant the seeds and watch as your cherry trees grow. You can take the fruits and use them however you want.
If you take your apple seeds or the entire apple core and plant them, you can grow your own apple tree. You will need to plant it next to other apple trees, so they can cross-pollinate. After a couple of years, you will have all the apples you could ever want.
If you take the seed or pit of a peach and dry it out, you can grow new fruit from it. You have to make sure it is completely dry, and it must be planted in soil that is rich in nutrients. Eventually, a small peach tree will grow from the peach pit, and you can harvest fruit from it.
If you love fresh lemonade or lemon zest, you can’t afford not to have a lemon tree. The good news is, you don’t have to buy one from the store. Simply take the seeds from lemons, clean and dry them thoroughly, and plant them in the soil. Your tree will grow quickly, and in a couple of years, you will be able to take lemons from it.
You can plant a hazelnut in the soil next to another hazelnut tree, and you will get a new one. It may take a couple of years before the tree produces nuts, but once it starts, you will have as many as you can handle. You can continue the process and grow an entire forest of hazelnut trees if desired.
Chestnuts are much like hazelnuts in that the nuts can be planted to grow new trees. The nuts need to be dried completely and planted near another chestnut tree for cross-pollination. It will take a few years before the tree starts to yield nuts.
Leeks can be grown much like celery. Simply chop off the tops and use them as desired. Put the leftover roots in a pot or the ground, and then watch as new leeks emerge from the soil.
30) Bok Choy
Bok choy is a type of cabbage. It can be cut and used in salads and other recipes. Once you have used the leaves, put the roots into the ground, and it will regrow the leaves. It’s like having never-ending bok choy in your garden.
31) Napa Cabbage
Napa cabbage can be grown like bok choy and other cabbages. Cut off the leaves and use them as you please. Then, plant the bottom, and new leaves will start to grow.
Rosemary is an herb that is used in many soups and rubs. You can grow it in your window planter or a garden. You can grow rosemary from the roots of old or used plants. Then, you will always have rosemary to add to your favorite dishes.
Cucumbers are full of seeds, and that makes them easy to grow. You can either scrap the seeds off into a pot or garden or toss the unused portion of the cucumber in some soil. A new vine will appear with cucumbers growing from it.
Radishes are easy to grow. Just cut off the tops and use them in salads or on vegetable trays, and then toss the roots in the ground or a pot of soil. The roots will grow, and new radishes will grow from them. It’s an easy way to ensure that you always have radishes around.
You cut the tops off your carrots and toss them out normally, but if you plant them instead, something amazing happens. They grow new carrots. They grow best in the ground or in deep pots or planters. They are perfect for salads, stews, or feeding your pet rabbits.
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