New uses for some old crops
In general, consumers have a pretty good idea of what is edible as food, and what is not. This is especially true of crops grown in the fields, so beloved to all the healthy eaters. Many folks also have backyard vegetable gardens which yield regular harvests for the table.
But did you know that many of the crops, including those grown in your own garden, have edible parts that are just thrown into the waste? This does not only apply to vegetables, but to other species as well, such as flower parts.
Right across America, scraps such as vegetable trimmings, skins and seeds, are tossed into the garbage. Research studies showed that many of the so-called waste products are actually edible parts with nutritional value.
The studies estimated that 30 to 40% of the food eaten in the US is wasted. That equates to around 20 lbs of discarded food per person per month.
More knowledge about edible food parts can certainly enhance your nutrition – and help cut down the waste problem.
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