The next time you’re tucking into a cracking Sunday lunch at home or in one of Northern Ireland's fine restaurants, you'd better give yourself an extra helping of carrots and parsnips.
Why? Well, if you regularly scrape your leftovers into your caddy the chances are you helped to grow those vegetables.
That’s right - the food scraps you put in your caddy are used to magically grow more mouth-watering plants. It’s like being some kind of wizard of vegetables.
From spuds to sprouts, lots of vegetables are grown on Northern Ireland’s farms. Each has its own health benefits to offer but there are some that top the list when it comes to boosting our bodies, according to nutritionist Jane McClenaghan.
- Green leafy vegetables like spinach. Low in calories and packed with nutrients like magnesium, folic acid, vitamin C and K.
- Brassicas like Cabbage and Brussels sprouts. Full of folate that helps support liver detoxification. These green vegetables pack an antioxidant punch.
- Orange-coloured veg like carrots. Carrots are a source of beta-carotene and lutein, thought to boost vision. Perhaps they really can help us see in the dark!
While your body is absorbing the nutrients in these vegetables, the leftovers or peelings should be thrown into your food caddy where they will be collected and turned into organic fertiliser. This is then spread on farmland to help grow a new crop.
(We’re not saying you have to help grow all vegetables though. Honestly, if you hate broccoli, just imagine your food scraps are helping to bring a bunch of carrots into the world!)
So the next time you’re enjoying Sunday lunch, you can tuck into the vegetables on your plate and know that they were nurtured by you. It’s the best excuse to enjoy a roast dinner ever.
Infographic: From Food Waste To Farm To Fork
The infographic below explains in stages how the waste in our food bin is turned into a fresh crop of vegetables.
To find out in more detail how your food scraps are turned into organic fertiliser, watch this short animation: