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?

About the Author ()

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. Love it! It made some of my mouldy food-saves look quite respectable! 🙂 I’m just about to save some bananas that are looking past their best…going to freeze them for banana icecream and banana cake.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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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