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Post  Damon on 6/20/2012, 4:21 pm

Carrots are finally ready for picking. What do you do with the carrot tops? Can you eat them? It's be nice if you could instead of just tossing them into the compost pile.
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Post  StellaBlueMama on 6/20/2012, 9:18 pm

Well I will start by saying there is some debate "out there in internet land" that carrot tops are poisonous. I have eaten them for a long time and am still alive, but I want you to know that tidbit first.
The tops can be a little bitter (depending on who you ask) but I like them. I've eaten them in my salads, used them for soup stock, in stir fry, as part of a veggie cracker I make...there are lots of ways to use them. I try my best to use as much of the plant as I can. It is kinda fun to think "I wonder who ever thought to eat this, or make that" ...I mean, once upon a time, someone had never tried a carrot! That being said, I am cautious...but try to take a culinary adventure if/when I can.

I hope others will post their uses! I'm always happy for a new recipe!
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Post  camprn on 6/20/2012, 9:19 pm

my compost pile loves carrot tops. Wink

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Post  Damon on 6/20/2012, 9:28 pm

Yeah, my compost pile is starting to like the looks of those carrot tops as well. I'll probably just plow them under like most everything else.
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Post  StellaBlueMama on 6/20/2012, 10:47 pm

I can't be the only one here who has tried them...am I? Embarassed
Well just in case you decide you want to try them, here is a link to a fairly new article written about carrot tops. There are several recipes there as well (including carrot top pesto, which I've never tried!) and of course there are a ton of others recipes online, just try a quick search.
And sorry, I'm rather new here and am not quite sure if a link can be shortened (or how one would do that if it were possible!)

http://thesouthern.com/lifestyles/food-and-cooking/carrot-tops-can-indeed-be-eaten-adding-a-tart-bite/article_ad0a82e0-88dd-11e1-a0f3-001a4bcf887a.html
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Post  StellaBlueMama on 6/20/2012, 11:24 pm

I noticed you're Damon from Greenhorn Gardening! That's fun, I've actually listened to your podcasts! I work a 9-5, so I try to listen to something about a garden if I can't be in my garden! Smile

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Post  Kelejan on 6/21/2012, 12:31 am

It's nice to know that I can eat the green part of some root crops, such as beets etc, and to add carrot tops to that list.
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Post  greatgranny on 6/21/2012, 12:42 am

I too use carrot tops for stir fry. In the winter when I don't have the fresh carrot tops the stir fry seems to be missing something. Am going to check the suggested link here to see if I can find some other great uses for them.
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Post  Damon on 6/21/2012, 4:25 am

Ah, carrot-top pesto sound awesome, especially since my basil is slow coming this year.

Yes, I'm Damon from Greenhorn Gardening, need to get a podcast out today.

Here's a short video about the carrots: https://youtu.be/zfbtfleZn20
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Post  nanny on 8/19/2012, 5:52 pm

Last year I proudly showed my little grandson my first SFG. He stood with hands on hips and said "I thought you were growing carrots! Those aren't orange!" Of course he couldn't see the root under the ground. Guess he got a little gardening education that day. Love those kiddos! lol!
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Post  CapeCoddess on 8/19/2012, 7:36 pm

Nanny, that is SO cute! Laughing You could send that story into a magazine and they probably pay you for it.

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Post  Damon on 8/19/2012, 8:37 pm

That is a cool story.
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