Overripe fruits and vegetables from the garden: what to do?

Slightly damaged red fruits can be used for smoothies. Adobe Stock

The banana has darkened, the strawberries are less firm. Before you throw them out because you don’t like their shape, it is possible to make other recipes to waste less and thus save money.

Although inflation is felt in all areas, it is possible to reduce expenses by not telling yourself directly that an apple or a few carrots have lost their freshness and are no longer edible.

It is time for creation and for different recipes or ideas, with an equal ecological and economic concern for the use of these foods, which can also find a new function in your garden.

Kitchen: how to recycle fruits and vegetables?

You’ve just picked the last pears and mirabelle plums from your garden, and they look grim. Several solutions are available to you.

Some fruit that is still in good condition can make a fruit salad. They can also be used for compote or homemade jam (by putting apricots and sugar in a pan, cook on low heat for an hour).

They can also be part of a recipe for cakes, pastries. In fact, reduced to a puree, they can be transformed into an ideal base for desserts, as is the case for banana bread, with a very ripe and soft banana, or for making sorbet.

They can put together a quiche, a pie, a gratin and with the arrival in a few weeks of cooler days and evenings, mixed and simmered with other turnips and potatoes, they can feed a soup.

If the potatoes start to turn pale, it’s time to mash them. The latter will have more flavor than a finished puree and will be smoother, without additives or too much salt.

As for drinks, you can also use it to make juice, 100% fruit smoothies or by mixing vegetables with fruit (spinach/strawberry, beetroot/pomegranate, etc.)

Are the tomatoes less firm and damaged? Don’t know what to do with it? The solution is simple: a tomato sauce. In a sterile jar it can be stored for several days and will add flavor to your Bolognese pasta. Fruit can also act as sealant to spice up a dessert.

In the garden: Use it as compost

For budding gardeners, fruit and vegetables that could not find favor in the kitchen can be used for compost, which thus becomes more varied and therefore of better quality as organic fertiliser.

Banana peels, which contain a lot of potassium, phosphorus and calcium, are perfect for flowering and plant reproduction. You can also let them soak in water and then spray the mixture on your plants and other seedlings.

Advice

Do not include peels of pears or potatoes that can carry diseases, as well as peels of citrus fruits composed of a natural insecticide that does not allow rapid decomposition.

Other tips against waste

You can freeze excess fruits and vegetables (mangoes, blueberries, raspberries) to store them a little longer.

Despite this nasty surprise, when you open your avocado, don’t throw it away. Crush it in a bowl with a fork and apply it to your hair, then keep it for fifteen minutes like a maybe before you rinse your hair. It is known to be both nourishing and restorative.

If you don’t know what to do with the surplus, you can share it with your neighbors or friends or contact an association that redistributes it.

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