13 Unusual Uses For Plants, Flowers, Fruits And Vegetables

From art to beauty remedies, here are some uses you might not normally associate with plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables.



  • In the Philippines, a banana trunk is sometimes used in large floral arrangements instead of floral foam.
  • Banana peel can be used as shoe polish. Use the underside of the peel (the slippery part).



  • Use sprigs of herbs instead of a brush to brush on basting liquid or sauce to your grilled meat. This helps add more flavor to the sauce which will then flavor the meat.
  • Sprigs of fresh tarragon or thyme can be used instead of skewers for barbecued meat skewers.



  • Use fresh lemon juice with baking soda to clean your copper pots.
  • Add in a cup of fresh lemon juice with your whites next laundry day. The acid in lemon juice acts as a natural bleaching agent.
  • Add lemon peel to your brown sugar to keep it from hardening.
  • Use round citrus fruits as candle holders for tea light candles at your next dinner party.
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  • Just like cucumbers, potatoes are also good in reducing eye puffiness. Simply cut into disks and soak in cold water before apply to your eyes.
  • Boil fresh potato skins in water to make a natural hair rinse that makes your hair darker.


Melons and watermelons

Use melons as bowls for fruit salads. Simply scoop out some of the flesh in the middle to make a hollow bowl.


Leaves and flowers

Make art like Japanese artist Kazuo Akasaki who used dried leaves in making his “painted” masterpieces.