A few weeks ago at an Eco exhibition at PISA (Penang International Sports Arena) in Penang, we splashed out RM3 (USD$1; AUD$1; GBP£0.60) for a 500ml bottle of fruit peel enzyme.
This is basically fermented fruit and vegetable peels. And why would you want this? Well, it can be used to save a lot of money on detergents, can keep your home drains clear, and can fertilize your garden and kill pests. And it actually is good for the environment, as opposed to detergents, pesticides etc. which are obviously bad for the environment.
We bought from a stall run by I think it was a Chinese Girls School. ( Kelab Pencinta Alam SJK (C) Perempuan China.) Their blog about their product. * They had produced it and were explaining all about it and selling it.
This is also know by the less elegant name of the Garbage Enzyme. A search on the Internet will give a lot of hits on this, so I don’t need to write so much more, as they have already written it. One example:
From the above site: Garbage Enzyme can be used as an alternative to bleach and other cleaning compounds. It can effectively used as:
– as a household cleaning liquid
– to remove foul odors, molds and grime in the kitchen and toilet
– as an anti-bacterial and anti-viral agent
– to drive away insects
– to clean carpets and remove ticks
– for laundry washing and ironing
– for mopping floors
– for cleaning cars
In agriculture, garbage enzyme is used:
– to reduce the usage of chemical fertilizers
– to keep the farm free from insects and infections
– as a soil fertilizer for vegetable growing
– as a natural pesticide and herbicide
– to convert sandy land to fertile farm land
– keep the air cool and clean in the farm atmosphere
– clean the dirty and impure water in the farm
A few more things: We tend to use a few drops of it, and then half the regular amount of detergent we would have used, for washing, for example. And the washing smells much fresher. One teaspoon in 10 litres of water sprayed on plant leaves, and used to water plants and in two days they are much healthier.
To make it you can use fruit and vegetable peelings and waste, but using just fruit makes a much sweeter smelling product. After, or course, you can compost the solid leftover from the process, so you get two uses out of the waste.
It takes three months to produce. So, here is how to do it:
- 1 part fruit waste
- 3 1/3 parts water
- 1/3 part brown sugar
by weight, where 1 litre of water = 1 Kilogram.
1 KG fruit waste
3 1/3 litres water
333g brown sugar
Or, another way to think about it, is 10 parts water, to 3 parts fruit waste, to one part brown sugar.
As brown sugar is more expensive, you can use some white sugar to replace some, but not all, of the brown sugar. And it needs to be proper brown sugar, not coloured white sugar.
- Plastic bucket with lid, or jar, with wide opening (and lid) etc.
- Jug to measure water
Ingredients and equipment – showing also the bottle we bought on the right
sugar – you need at least some real brown sugar
fruit peel and water
adding sugar to mix
now just keep in a dark place for three months
As you can see in the photos:
- Weigh fruit waste on scales and put into bucket
- Add 3 1/3 times the weight of the fruit waste of water, measured in litres, into the bucket
- Add in 1/3 of the weight of the fruit waste of brown sugar
- Put lid on
- Keep in a dark cool place with good ventilation, for three months.
- If you see insects on top you haven’t added enough sugar – so add some more
- Decant and use when ready.
- It doesn’t go bad
- The older the better
- The more fragrant the fruit waste you use, the nicer the smell of the fruit enzyme
* The downside of this site is they go on and on about global warming – whereas anyone paying attention knows that man made global warming is a hoax. Even the UK Met office now admits quietly there has been no warming for years. Quietly, probably partly because they don’t want to admit their huge mistake believing the U.N.’s political IPCC, and partly because if the government acts on this it must roll back the huge extra global warming taxes they have and are introducing in the UK.