The next time you make a meal and think of discarding scrapes know that you will be wasting a resource that is utilized. This is because there are some plants that you can regrow using just water. And for someone like me who is not good with plants but loves organic things this knowledge was a godsend. Also, if you are the one doing grocery shopping for your household you know how costly organic food is nowadays. Of course, this method won’t save you a lot of big bucks but it can get you some really healthy food cheaper.
So, whats an organic-food loving girl to do? We just grow to produce at home to cut off some bucks from our grocery bills with the easy method of using water. Also, you do not need to have a huge backyard garden to grow these foods. Now, this would obviously not work with all produce products that you are wishing to buy. But there are certain good foods that you may like on this list.
WHY SHOULD YOU REGROW FOOD IN WATER?
First of all, it is easy and needs little to no maintenance. You can grow these foods right in your home since all you would need to grow these items are water and food scraps that you already have.
It is healthy – Just look at all the possibility of healthy produce you will get with this method and you will understand why is there such a hype for it.
It is free and you get to grow the items again and again, so it is really a never-ending train of food. In addition to that, it saves you money on grocery shopping.
Growing food like this doesn’t take a lot of space. So you can do it without a yard/garden.
It will also be a great way for kids to do experiments on foods while also learning how to grow them. So you can finally tell them to play with the food (something I am sure they will love to hear).
GENERAL GUIDELINES TO REGROW FOOD IN WATER
1. The water – Don’t start with a large amount of water. All you need is enough water to cover the roots of the food you choose to regrow. If you end up using a lot of water it will lead to the growth of mold and slime on the plant.
2. Size of the container – The size of the container should depend on your choice of food. Like Lettuce does well in a wide mouth container whereas lime grass and green onions grow well in tall glasses.
3. Don’t overcrowd the container and you can grow multiple plants of the same kind.
4. Checking up – Keep checking up on the plant as it grows. Make sure it has enough water and there is no slime or mold formation.
5. Liquid Fertilizers or hydroponic fertilizer can also be used to regrow plants.
Here is a list of 12 Foods that Regrow in Water:
Fill a wide-mouth shallow bowl with a small amount of water. Cut the base/root of the cabbage and place it in the bowl. Keep the bowl in an area with good sunlight. Cabbage regrows from the center. To get a better produce harvest the root from a small cabbage that is yet to grow fully.
Again fill a shallow bowl with a small amount of water. Cut 2″ long base of the stalk of celery and place it in the bowl. You can grow more than one stalk at a time as it takes a while to grow a full stalk. Meanwhile, you can dehydrate the leaves and grind them to make celery powder.
Cut off the base or white part of a leek. Place the base of the leek in a shallow bowl filled with 2-3″ of water. Place the bowl near a window so it can get proper sunlight. Leeks also grow from the center. The leaves have the most flavor so you can wait for that to grow or you can use the white part for a milder flavor in cooking.
4. Green Onions
They are said to be the quickest plant you can regrow using water. So the next time you use green onions for any of your dishes save the white part (last 2″) of the stock of the green onions including the root. Place the base in a shallow bowl filled with half-inch of water. You can later transfer into a tall glass.
5. Bok Choy
Tired of looking for bok choy well its time you grow your own. Cut off the base of a bok choy and place it in a bowl filled with a small amount of water. Make sure it gets sunlight like the rest of them. When you harvest a bok choy go for the outer leaves first and let the inner leaves grow.
6. Romaine Lettuce
Why pay for a healthy salad when you can whip it from homegrown romaine lettuce. Cut off the base of romaine lettuce and place it in a wide mouth bowl. Add a little water to the bowl. And place it in sunlight. Wait for the leaves to sprout. With just water, it is hard to get a full lettuce head, but you will get enough leaves for a crispy salad.
Harvest it like bok choy, harvest the outer leaves first and let the smaller inner leaves grow. You can also pot the sprouted lettuce into the soil so it grows better.
Chop of the 1″ long base of the fennel and place it in a bowl filled with water. Give it proper sunlight and allow it to sprout. When new green shoot sprouts transfer it into some soil. Water them till they grow and add them to a variety of dishes.
8. Carrot Greens
It is quite unfortunate that you can’t regrow a whole carrot from just water but you can regrow the leafy top of the carrot that can be added to a salad or coleslaw for some extra flavor and crunch. Cut off the top of the carrot. Place the top of the carrot in a shallow bowl filled with not more than 1″ of water.
9. Lemon Grass
You can easily transform lemongrass stock to lemongrass shrub. Fill a tall glass with 2″ of water and place lemongrass stock inside. Now you will not get good lemongrass shrub with just water, you can harvest the stock for flavoring.
If you want to grow a good leafy shrub transfer the grown stock (from the glass) into a spacious pot and fill it with soil. Place the pot under sunlight and water it as needed.
Avocado is a superfood, imagine delicious guacamole made from a homegrown avocado. Push 4 toothpicks on the bottom of the avocado pit and suspend it in a jar so it is balanced on the toothpicks. Fill the jar with enough water to cover the bottom of the seed. Place it under sunlight and wait for the stem and roots to sprout this may take up to 6 weeks.
Once the stem is 6 inches long cut it down to 3 inches. Once the leaves start to sprout. Place the pit in a pot filled with soil. Make sure that only the bottom part of the pit is inside the soil. Place the pot in a place where it can get plenty of sunlight.
11. Sweet Potato
Bake some crispy sweet potato chips from homemade sweet potatoes. Pierce toothpicks along the radius of sweet potato and place it in a jar. Once the shoot sprouts and is about 1″ long you can plant the sweet potato in soil. Within a few months, you will be enjoying homegrown taters.
You can grow this tasty tropical fruit even if you don’t live in a tropical area. Cut off the crown of the pineapple. And place it in a jar filled with water enough to cover the bottom of the crown. Once you see the roots sprouting place the crown in a pot of soil. Make sure the pot is deep enough that it allows pineapple to grow properly.