Waste not, want not…Carrot Tops

Move over Bugs Bunny! After talking to our friendly farmers, who are a wealth of information regarding uses of plant and vegetable parts that are not commonly thought of as edible, my culinary juices were peaked and my kitchen prepped for fun.  Here are some fun carrot top recipes:

  1. Salad: mix in with the rest of your salad greens or Salad Dressing: Carrot Top Vinaigrette
  2. Soup: duh! I feel like any vegetable imaginable can be used in soup…
  3. Tea: Miss Karen suggested steeping the carrot tops to make a carrot flavored tea, can be served hot or cold. Carrot Top Tea
  4. Pesto: Carrot Top Pesto

Carrot Top Pesto

Nutrition bite: use walnuts instead of pine nuts to save money and add omega 3. try green garlic, which is currently at the farmstand, instead of regular head garlic.

  1. with Eggs: Carrot Top Scramble: quick and easy – try for breakfast or dinner
  2. Falafel: Falafel with carrot greens

If you don’t have time or want to try carrot tops (no judgement – it’s not for everyone), you could give them to a furry or feathered friend, such as bunnies or chickens. My chickens love it when I tie the carrot tops in a bunch and hang them from a string from the top wire of their chicken run. It keeps them entertained and provides lots of nutrition. No bunnies or chickens?? Compost the carrot tops.

Culinary Tip: A quick way to get the carrot leaves off the stem: hold the top of the carrot stem, then slide your fingers down the stem.

Nutrition: carrot tops are an excellent source of vitamin C (6 times as much as the root!), vitamin K and potassium

Fun Fact: English women in the 1600’s often wore carrot leaves in their hats in place of flowers or feathers. Reference Other Carrot Top info.

Munch on this: One carrot to a rabbit would be like a human eating 20!

Controversy: Here is a summarized version.

http://theamericanwomanmagazine.com/2013/03/25/fun-facts-on-carrots/

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