In order to remain healthy and keep our body safe from several diseases, eating a balanced diet is vital. A major part of a balanced diet consists of herbs and vegetables that help us to build our immune system and function efficiently on a daily basis. We spend oodles of hard-earned money on buying these veggies every now and then. And at times, when the demand rises, and the prices of these wholesome eatables also jumps, it gets hard for a few families to afford basic food ingredients. To avoid such situations and food wastage, we should adopt smart habits, such as to regrow what we eat. Just like a rose plant, we can also regrow a few veggies, with the help of their existing parts. This will not only save your expenditure on vegetables but will also provide us with chemical-free food items. Some of the vegetables you can regrow are:
Used in most of the Indian cuisines, garlic is not just amazing for adding flavour to the food, but is also known to have some amazing health benefits. It is packed with antibacterial properties and helps a person to shed extra kilos, in no time. We remove the roots of garlic while using it. Instead of tossing it in a dustbin, simply put it in a glass with at least ½ cup of water and allow the garlic to grow in it for a few days. Once its roots become longer, plant it in mud and water regularly. In a few days, the shoots of the garlic will grow and you can use it in salads and other dishes.
Carrots are versatile, can be consumed raw with healthy salads, or can be cooked and eaten as a scrumptious dish. It is also one of the healthiest veggies with a great amount of fiber in it, which helps to clear the digestive tract and make you feel energised. Usually, people are seen throwing away the bottom part of the carrot after chopping it off. However, if you save it and later put in a dish with 3-5 tablespoons of water, you can regrow the same carrot again and again. Do keep the dish on a window that receives good lighting for them to grow well. After the roots become longer, plant in mud for it to grow in a full fruit
There is hardly any Indian household that can do without onions. It is used in spices, soups, veggies, stuffings, so simply anything and everything you can name in the kitchen, unless it is not a dessert that you’re preparing. Onions are packed with amazing healthy elements, such as antioxidants that fight inflammation, and decrease cholesterol levels. To regrow an onion, all you need to do is plant the discarded root end directly in a pot filled with soil. It will grow with time, just keep watering regularly. Once done, you can harvest it early and get fresh spring onions, or wait until the bulb is fully developed.
Ginger has medicinal properties that is known to treat sore throat. Mostly used to add the flavour and health factor to tea, this kitchen item is multi-purpose. Eat directly to get rid of nausea or stomach pain, or add in a dish to give a punch of tang. When it comes to growing ginger back again at home, all you need to do is follow the same procedure like onions. Take the root and plant directly in the soil to regrow. However, with ginger, you will need a little more patience and time, as it can take a few months for it to sprout. Once you see the green part coming out, you will be able to harvest a fully grown bulb. It will take about 8 to 10 months.
Loved by vegans, vegetarians and non-vegetarians, mushrooms have the most amazing taste that can be enjoyed with curries or even Italian pasta. However, in comparison to other food items, mushrooms are a bit expensive, but to be able to grow it again at home, can save a lot of bucks and can help you and your family to have something amazing to eat every now and then. Just take mushroom stalks and plant them in the soil with some compost. You can also use coffee grounds and keep them in a moist environment. The only thing you need to take care of is that the mushrooms should be at a cool place at night. In the beginning, it might feel tricky, but once the stems will start to sprout, you will understand the procedure.
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