Why throw away your carrot ends when you can grow wonderful little carrot plants instead? Reader and listener Chris Y. snapped this photo:
I’ve read mixed reports as to whether you can grow new carrots like this…the consensus appears to be “no, but they make nice window plants and kids enjoy watching them grow over time.”
But, we’ve been doing something similar with with celery and green onions. And these do generate FREE FOOD!
Talk about Paleo on a budget. 🙂
Everyone who just pounded their fists on their desks, because they were hoping this article was about free grass-fed ribeyes, please continue reading. You might be surprised by how easy this really is.
Text below from About.com. See image captions for sources.
Cut the bottom inch off of a bunch of celery. Place the celery piece in a bowl, cut side facing up; and add a bit of water (just enough to submerge the bottom of the celery). Move the bowl to a sunny spot, and wait for leaves and roots to form (this should only take a few days). Then, plant the celery in your garden, covering everything but the leaves. Wait for the celery stalks to grow back. Then, cut off as much as you need. As long as you leave the root in the ground, your celery will grow back again and again.
Cut the last inch off of each onion (this will give you the bulb and roots). Plant these in a flower pot or in your garden. Be sure to cover the bulbs completely, and to leave a portion of each stem sticking out above the soil. Water regularly, and watch your green onions grow back. To harvest, simply cut off as much of the green stalks as you need. If you leave the white bulbs in the plant, they’ll continue to regrow more greens. Expect to get three to four cuttings off of your green onions before you need to plant more.
When I discovered this, I was a little pissed. Well, first I was fascinated, wide-eyed, and had to use my left hand to pry my right hand from my forehead. But after that, I was like:
You mean to tell me I’ve been throwing away or composting all of these perfectly good, regrowable vegetables and then buying more over and over again like a dummy? I bet my grandparents knew all about this. Sure, I can write a blog article and tweet on my phone, but they knew the secrets of the Universe! This kind of knowledge cannot disappear!
And then, I was happy again. The Internet is exactly how we can keep this knowledge alive. So here you go: 13 Regrowable Foods.
Did you know you could regrow your own food? Got any cool tricks like this that you can share? Is this too much trouble for free veggies, when celery and green onions are pretty cheap to buy in the store? Tell us.