Monday, March 17, 2014

A Little Greenery for St. Patrick's Day

 In honor of St. Patrick's Day and the traditional green worn on this day, here are two ways to add a little more greenery to your house. First, did you know you can grow your own pineapple? Simply slice off the top of a store-bought one and plant it. In about nine months to a year, it will look like the photo above. If you wait another year or two, you might actually get a fruit! Although we'd love to get a fruit, just the plant itself is quite beautiful. Pineapples are bromeliads and give us a flavor of a warmer climate. They don't need much water (about 20 inches a year), so my once a week watering schedule works quite well.

If you don't want to wait 2-3 years to get something edible from a plant, here's one that will work in less than a week:

Green onions! Green onions (also called scallions) are even more nutritious than regular onions, so we've been trying to eat them more. They also have the added benefit that if you put the roots in water, they resprout. This should work 4 or 5 times before the taste becomes too bland. Plus it keeps them from getting all slimy in the refrigerator, and they are right there on the kitchen window so we eat them more frequently.

Do you have favorite edible greenery in your house?

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