Ingredient: Carrot Tops

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Carrot Top Greens-

  • Description

There is a lot of controversy about whether or not you can use the greens from your carrots, are they poisonous?  The answer to that is no.  Unless you are eating them in large quantities, carrot tops are totally edible and quite tasty!  So feel free to remove the greens from the carrots and eat them up.

  • Preparation

Carrot top greens can be used for garnish as well as in soups, stocks, in salads and pesto.  Be creative and explore how carrot tops are used.

  • Storage

Remove the greens from the carrots and store them in a produce bag in the refrigerator.  The carrot tops will last 3-5 days but it is recommended that you use them soon after removing them from the carrots.

  • Nutrition

There is no federal analysis on carrot top greens but they are making the assumption that they have similar nutritional value to the carrot itself. 



Delicious carrot top pesto!

Overwhelmed with greens in your share?  During the influx of seasonal greens, Jess usually starts a pot of boiling water after she gets home. After going over the meal plan for the week, fill a big bowl with ice and water and clean the veggies you’ll be freezing while waiting for the large pot of water to boil.  Meanwhile, visit this website from the National Center for Home Preservation or a similar website to be reminded of blanching times for each veggie. Next, send each prepared veggie through the boiling water for it’s allotted time, then into the ice water to stop the cooking process.  Next it’s into the colander to drain, then into the freezer bags (or a FoodSaver if you’ve got one).  Once the water is boiling, everything moves very quickly, quite like an assembly line.  Unless you’re doing a major amount of veggies, you don’t have to change the boiling or blanching water in between veggies. imageThough you may be growing weary of the abundance of certain veggies at present, they can definitely be a sight for sore eyes during the winter months! 

Recipes Using Carrot Tops

Slow Cooker Beef Barley Soup

Here we have a hearty soup using beef bones. Included are some plan-ahead options that make the soup even more flavorful, and also included are ways to fit this into a busy schedule and have steamy deliciousness waiting when you get home. Read through this post and decide what’s the best option for your schedule!

Carrot Top Pesto

Almonds and Parmesan cheese make a nice addition to this one, but feel free to mix up your additions to this surprisingly delicious pesto!