That’s not food waste…

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Don't judge a book or a pineapple by its coverBack in April I made a fascinating discovery never to judge a book by its cover.

It was bought about after finding a black banana in the fruit bowl and turning it into a pretty amazing dessert.

This week I’ve been at it again with a rather sad looking pineapple I found in a box.

I admit I fell for the offer – the Co-Op were selling pineapples for 50p each, so how could I resist buying one four?

After a couple of fruit salads, a fruit crumble and some ice cream our love of pineapple was wearing a bit thin, so the last one was left sulking in the corner of my weekly fruit and veg box.

Temperatures hotted up, fruit flies increased and I looked in one day to find this staring back at me:

I mean, no wonder it was hot, the poor thing was wearing a fur jacket in temperatures of 25+:

But you know, I thought back to that lonely black banana and wondered if the pineapple might be ok inside; after all it has a pretty tough skin.

So I cut the skin off and here’s what I found:

Perfect! And still glistening with juice. So much so I shoved it mercilessly head first into the juicer with a couple of wrinkly oranges and we ended up with this for breakfast:

It was sweet, tangy, refreshing and felt like it was still bursting with vitamin C despite seeing better days on the outside…

I think the moral of the story must be that we might be wrinkly and a bit mouldy on the outside, but we can still be juicy inside 😉

Tell me; what food have you saved from the bin this week?

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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. I love your moral! Made me smile!

  2. we took some wilted lettuce, chopped off the bottom and plopped the bottom of the head in a glass of water. It perked right up! Tasty salad on the menu for lunch tomorrow.

  3. Naomi says:

    I’ve been making amazing discoveries this year on saving money on fruit/veg. It’s time consuming though. I can get deals like the one you mention above. For a pineapple or most fruits, they get washed and frozen immediately and for others, I google. I got about 20 pounds of gorgeous peppers for a song and did a combo of fermenting and roasting. It’s lovely to experiment with new methods when the investment was low. I have onions up the wazoo and am not yet sure what I’m gonna do with those because we’re so sick of them but nearly everything else has been used up! I did learn that non-organic cucumbers are just awful!

  4. Jennifer says:

    I saved the zuchinni. It wasn’t as spongy as I thought. Lost 3 tomatoes though. Darn it. I completely forgot they were in there!

  5. Grace Wolff says:

    Wow! That is encouraging! I think that it is hard for people to still eat food that they find mold on, so good job! Sounds tasty. I always like using black bananas in banana bread! They actually make it taste better than fresh bananas 🙂

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