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5 Ways To Use Your Kitchen Scraps To Regrow Your Favorite Foods

By Maria Cook

Not only are fruits and vegetables healthy, they can have incredible restorative powers. Using only their scraps, you can grow your own, brand new food. Depending on the type of food you're working with, you will need to either find and plant their leftover seeds or plant a part of the original food itself, partaking in a process called vegetative propagation. 

Many fruits and veggies are remarkably hardy and can even survive indoors, or with minimal care. And growing your own food often means you'll produce less waste, and spend less money. It also saves time and commutes to the grocery store. Growing your own food using scraps can also be a great way to teach kids and teenagers responsibility and help them connect with nature and the environment. Even if you don't have a green thumb in general, regrowing food from scraps is a great skill to learn, and one that will likely help both your health and the planet. 

Here are five nutritious fruits and vegetables that you can regrow using only scraps, and how to do it right at home. Instructions are courtesy of Tasty.

1. Strawberries

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Easily portable, high in dietary fiber and antioxidants and famously sweet, strawberries are wonderful little fruits. They're also easy to regrow from little more than a few scraps, and simple to maintain once they get growing.

Strawberries must be regrown from seeds, so your first task is to gather a few strawberry pieces with seeds still attached to the outside. Each strawberry has around 200 seeds, so this shouldn't bee too hard! Once you have selected your scraps...

1.  Lay the strawberry scraps against a solid-colored surface (like a dish cloth or paper towel) in a well-lit area for optimal visibility 

2. Using a toothpick, pick out at least 12 seeds

3.  Deposit the seeds at the bottom of a paper cup, where they can dry at room temperature for two to three days 

4. Add soil

Once your strawberries begin to sprout (in around four to six weeks) place them in an area with moderate sunlight, either outdoors (during warm weather) or indoors. After six weeks of growth, transfer the strawberry plants to your garden or a larger pot. Many people grow strawberries in large pots right on their decks or porches with great success.

2. Avocados

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Avocados are known for being one of the healthiest fruits out there. High in potassium and omega-3 fatty acids, they can help your heart and brain stay healthy. They can also be grown at home--all you need is one avocado pit and four toothpicks, and a small glass of water. 

1. Rinse and dry one avocado pit

2. Stick the ends of your four toothpicks into the avocado pit, an equal distance apart and firmly enough that they can't fall out

3. Use the toothpicks to suspend your avocado pit across the mouth of the water glass. Make sure the pit is halfway submerged

4. Once the stem of your avocado plant grows to six inches long, cut the stem in half

5. Once the stem regrows it's leaves, transfer it to soil

Avocado plants do best in warm to hot climates, so if you're thinking of growing your own avocados, be sure to keep them outdoors only if you live in a hot climate. Otherwise, consider keeping them in a small, home greenhouse.