We already announced it in a previous article and now the time has come – let’s start regrowing! To reduce food waste, you don’t always have to eat the whole plate. With a little patience, you can let many leftovers flourish into something new – freely according to the motto “turn old into new”! The less edible ends of vegetables such as leeks, carrots or lettuce can easily grow back with a few tips and tricks.
Paula Talks About Regrowing!
Because the experiences of others are usually more exciting than pure theory, our Food Patron Annika sat down with Paula from our community and asked her the following questions:
- How did you get started with regrowing or gardening in general?
- What were the most frustrating and enjoyable experiences?
- And how does regrowing change consumer behaviour?
In our interview, she did not only answered these questions, but also told us about many exciting personal insights. Paula showed us her regrowing results, which include melons, potatoes and onions, in her beautiful garden.
In the beginning, you can even do this without a garden. Simply place the approx. 2 cm long root end of the spring onion in water so that the cut surface protrudes from the water. If you renew the water daily, the bulb will have grown back so much after just one week that you can harvest your first “crop”. And if you have a garden, you can plant the end of the bulb after a few days. It will grow even faster that way.
Never throw away sprouted garlic. The greens can be used for a mild garlic flavour in cooking. And it can also be easily grown yourself by putting the clove in a little water. As soon as the sprouts are 7 cm long, they should be harvested at the latest.
Most herbs that you can buy in small pots in the supermarket die after a while. Who hasn’t experienced this? To prevent this, you can simply put a few stems in a glass of water. Roots will form after just a few days. As soon as they are about 5 cm long, you can replant the stems. This way you can increase the size of your herb pots and have a replacement in case they should die again – which, by the way, is often due to the fact that they have far too little space in the pots in supermarkets and should be moved to a larger pot as soon as possible.
You can find more information about fruits and vegetables to regrow here.