Down to the core (Day 241)…

apple core

This one goes out to Patsy Telpner, who remembered my new Simple Saturday feature and thought up a great idea for it: Whenever you eat an apple, eat the core too (just not the seeds, what with the cyanide in them and all). This is a rule that I’ll also be applying to pears, and as many fruits and veggies as possible — I’m going to eat the stems of my broccoli and asparagus (my sister and I actually like to trade stems-for-tops with these ones), as well as the skins of my potatoes, the stringy bits of celery, the innards of cucumbers and zucchinis and the seeds in my squash.

Of course, I might have to leave some food scraps for my worms — what else are they for, anyway?

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9 Responses to Down to the core (Day 241)…

  1. limesarah says:

    If you find you just don’t want to eat the stems some days, you can always save the veggie ones for broth, and make vinegar out of your applecores and peach peels. Though I suppose savng stuff for broth without a freezer would be hard. Scratch that. It’s a suggestion for people reading this with fridges, though!

  2. zoe krylova says:

    i was blown away when i found out that watermelon seeds are edible and quite nutritious (i learned this from a yoga instructor/childbirth educator). you just have to make sure to chew them up!

  3. Chile says:

    If you keep chickens for eggs, you can “recycle” your watermelon seeds through them, too. 😉

  4. I’m perplexed by your “the innards of cucumbers and zucchinis” comment.

    What bits do you usually eat? Just the peel?!

  5. LashBoy says:

    oh yesterday … cool !
    your blog is very nice & I Hate George WC Bush …

    Have Tokhmi Life guy !!!


  6. Hello,
    I just recently discovered your site. So far I am enjoying the content. However, I might have to sound the smug warning. After reading the post about Jack-o-lanterns being considered wasteful, and now apple cores, I have to raise a few questions. Seeing as this is Day 241, I am assuming any apple or pumpkins bought would be organic and as local as possible. So is the core of an apple and innards of a pumpkin really considered trash in this current eco-conscientious world? My girlfriend and I often debate about how much of the broccoli stem to use or the beet stems and greens or the hard part of the asparagus stalk, but we definitely didn’t consider our composted pumpkin and apple extras waste. After all this is plant byproduct – I mean if an apple core is considered trash you are setting yourself up for a VERY strict standard, right? Finally, I was under the impression that many “no waste” movements do not consider compostable, recyclable, and resusable items to be waste. Am I misinformed or just slacking on my own level of eco-ness? I will continue to be reading to gain some insight and maybe learn what other parts of food I should be consuming (everybody already looks at me funny when I eat kiwi skins, which I love) 😉

  7. Babs says:

    I too just found this site…through day #212 interestingly enough.

    Anyway, on to the comments. Your worms are for digesting all the shredded receipts you have to take because the store prints them even if you ask them not to, all the shredded mail that makes it through the ‘remove me from all the credit card offers and random commercialism list’, of course the bits of broccoli (and asparagus, and rhubarb) that are too tough to eat easily, the pits from stone fruit, and even the clothes that are too yucky to give away on freecycle or tear up for rag rugs, the hair clippings from your latest home haircut or any of the paper based food packaging you find yourself caving into while you are out and about. I’ve even caught mine using Styrofoam packaging as breeding areas (since I compost the trash I find on the street and the Styrofoam cups get smashed up pretty good in the turning, I just consider them an aerating component, better aerating my garden than filling a landfill I guess)

    Worms are the best children, if their mother made it, they will eat it. Just be careful you don’t offer them too much at once, their childhood isn’t plagued by memories of “Clean your plate or some worm in Ethiopia is going to starve”. They are perfectly content to share their food with fungus, bacteria and fruit flies.

    Thank-you for the inspiration and the ideas!

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