Green Tip #6 - Going Green In the Kitchen - Part I

Use fresh, not canned fruits and veggies.
Use fresh, not canned fruits and veggies. | Source


Howdy All!

Last week I began talking about going green in the kitchen and how it can save money and provide better health. There’s so much to talk about on that topic, so I’ll stay there a little longer.

Green Tip #6 Going Green in the Kitchen

I think it’s now universally known that going green helps save and, hopefully, repair our environment, resulting in improved health for ourselves. Your body is 100% organic, so let’s talk about the foods we put in our sacred temples. Single ingredient foods are not only healthier, in that you save your body from the shock of “utamates” and “oses”, but will save you money in the long run. Not to mention the fact they just taste better and open your kitchen and your mind to experimentation and the creativity of producing a meal your family will love!

Today, I’ll talk about fruits, vegetables and herbs.



Grow the fresh herbs that you use most often
Grow the fresh herbs that you use most often | Source

Herbs

Using fresh herbs, as opposed to dried, provides better flavor and texture to your foods. They also are a natural complement to your fresh veggies and meats! Fresh herbs can be expensive if you buy frequently. Why not grow your own? They can be grown from seed, or you can buy starter plants from any garden center. You don’t need a lot of space to grow herbs. They can be grown in a windowsill, window boxes, the ground, or in pots. When growing your own, choose herbs you use frequently. You’ll save money in the long run and your foods will taste so much better! I have parsley and chives growing in a couple of whimsical planters in my front yard. Did you know that parsley is Nature’s toothbrush? Instead of leaving the parsley garnish, so often served with your meal in restaurants, eat it when you finish your meal. Parsley cleanses your mouth and freshens your breath! Great practice if you can’t brush your teeth after eating, such as while at work. When packing your lunch, be sure to include a few sprigs of parsley.

Pineapple plants in my yard
Pineapple plants in my yard | Source
More pineapple plants
More pineapple plants | Source
Grow veggies from seed
Grow veggies from seed | Source

Fruits and Vegetables

If you have the space, try growing some of the more expensive fruits and veggies, or the ones you use most often. I have 12 pineapple plants in my back yard and am trying my hand at growing Red Bliss potatoes. Pineapples are easy to grow, they multiply themselves and demand little care. Simply twist the spiny head off a pineapple and poke it in the ground, spiny end up! Mine are growing in a sandy area of my property under speckled light conditions; oak and camphor trees provide a canopy from direct sunlight. Feed them banana peels once in a while and let Mother Nature do the rest! Pineapples, however, are slow to bear fruit, taking about 17 months to produce. But so, so worth it! They are much sweeter and juicier than what is available in the store.

I’m experimenting with the potatoes. I researched the process and a mounded bed is recommended. However, I wanted to see what results I’d obtain by skipping the mounding step. I simply cut 2 potatoes into quarters (make sure the potatoes have grown eyes), set them out for a few days to “brown over” the exposed flesh, then placed them an inch deep into the ground with the eyes facing up. I now have six 12” tall potato plants! They seem to be a fast growing root.

Before I leave you today, I will provide a list of fruits and veggies that should be bought organically, due to the typically high level of pesticide residue, along with a list of those with low residue and safe to buy in the non-organic form. Some of the latter are considered to be safe for the simple reason their thick skins are peeled before consumption.

Fruits and Veggies to Buy Organically

To avoid ingesting pesticides, the following should be bought in organic, farm to table form:


  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Kale
  • Blueberries
  • Grapes
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Asparagus
  • Cabbage
  • Eggplant
  • Broccoli
  • Tomato

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  • I try to as often as possible.
  • Yes and I support our local farmers as well.
  • No, organic foods are too expensive.
  • I haven't up until now, but am willing to change.
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Fruits and Veggies to Buy Conventionally

Consuming organic foods is the healthier option, However, foods that have an outer skin that is removed before eating can be purchased in non-organic form, such as the following:

  • Onion
  • Avocado
  • Sweet Corn
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Sweet Peas
  • Kiwi
  • Papaya
  • Watermelon
  • Sweet Potato

Until Next Time

I’ve gotten quite wordy in this post, so I’ll leave you for now. I hope you’ve enjoyed the information and I’d love to see you try your hand at growing your own! Write to me if you do; I’d love to hear your story!

Peace,

Bravewarrior


Shauna L Bowling

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Dyhannah 4 years ago from Texas

My son was just asking about if we could grow pineapples. We will give it a try. Useful and interesting Hub.


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thanx for being the first to comment. Pineapples are really easy to grow. They require very little, to no care. However, as my article states, they are slow to bear fruit, but the flavor and juciness is nothing like you buy in the store!


ExoticHippieQueen 4 years ago

Hi Shauna! Thanks for the follow as well as the useful information here in this hub. I don't know if I can grow pineapples up here in the midwest? I've never seen any but who knows. I try to buy, eat and live green, too.


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Hippie, (I consider myself a left-over hippie!) pineapples like sandy soil and the humidity we have here in Florida. All I can say, is try it. You never know! Where in the Midwest do you live? It gets cold in Central Florida, which is where I live. Sometimes, it gets down into the twenties (don't laugh! that's damned cold for someone who's lived in Florida since 1976!) and it doesn't seem to really affect the pineapple plants. They don't freeze to the ground if under a canopy of trees.

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