There are some ingredients I cook with so often I can never buy too many of them, and most of them are produce. Onions, garlic and fresh herbs are staples in a lot of dishes, and they may be inexpensive, but when you use them on a daily basis it can add up.
Some foods are easy to regrow at home from leftover scraps, and some of them can even be grown right on your kitchen counter. Here are 10 vegetables and herbs you can buy once and regrow forever.
1. Pineapple: That’s right, you can grow your own pineapple at home! All you need to do is cut away any remaining fruit, peel back some of those outer leaves, and let the top sit in fresh water until roots begin to grow.
2. Ginger: You can easily grow your own ginger at home. After all, the most commonly used part is already a root. Have you ever noticed how, if you store ginger for too long, it will start to sprout? Well, go ahead and plant it! Just remember to grow it indoors since it is a tropical plant that needs a warm stable environment in order to thrive.
3. Basil: It doesn’t get any easier than growing your own basil! All you need to do is take a cutting from an adult plant and let it sit in water for four days until roots form. Then, transplant it and keep it watered. You’ll have pesto all year long!
4. Mint: Growing mint is just as easy as growing basil, and it’s even more fragrant. There’s nothing finer than a bushel of mint in the windowsill. Let your cuttings sit in water until roots form and then transfer them to potting soil.
5. Green onions: Having green onions around in your kitchen adds flavor and color to almost every dish, but you don’t need to keep buying them! Put the roots of a green onion in water and watch your onions grow. You don’t even need to transplant these into soil either; simply harvest them when you’re ready.
6. Red onions: This one is easy, but a little bit different than some other vegetables on the list. If you want to grow your onions from store-bought onions, pick one with a prominent root. Then, cut off the end and let it dry out for a day or so. After that, you can plant it in soil. Make sure none the entire bulb is buried; none of the onion should be visible. Finally, water it and wait for your onion to grow!