Hey there Team!
I hope that you are all doing well, and have something nice planned for the weekend. There are so many fresh vegetables around at this time of the year. One of my favorites is carrots.
Here is a question: When you buy fresh carrots, what do you do with the green tops?
Do you just cut them off and throw them away? I used to do that for years, until I found out that you can actually eat them. Carrot greens are really nutritious, and good for you, just like the actual carrot itself, so do take advantage and eat the greens as well. Also, eating these greens creates less waste. What's not to like?
You can eat them raw, but unless they are super fresh it's maybe not the best way to do it. You could add them to a green smoothie of course, or use it for a home made pesto. The one version I tend to use the most is just to slightly cook them with other veggies. Just like I would if I was using spinach or kale.
You could also put them in a soup or stir-fry them in a pan. The stems can be a bit chewier so you might want to cut them up quite fine, and put the fine leafy tips in at the very end as they cook very fast. Just try it out and see what you like the best!
Quick tip! Cut the very top off the carrot off, with the greens still attached to it. Then put the ends in a bit of water and place in the fridge. This way the carrot tops stay fresh for another couple of days. Then you can choose the most convenient day for you to cook with them.
A little while ago I was attending a lecture on nutrition in Amsterdam. The speaker told us how one of his best friends, who works in agriculture, said that whenever they want to "clean" soil that had been sprayed with pesticides or herbicides, they would plant carrots as they were really good at absorbing all of that. For that reason, even though carrots are not on the top of the dirty dozen list, he told us to never buy non-organic carrots. It's just not worth the gamble.
Growing carrots with kids is a great way for them to take an interest in vegetables and cooking. Don't have a garden - no problem. Just get a larger pot and plant some carrot seeds in there. Easy! You don't always need a lot of space for something to grow.
If you have never used carrot greens before, I do hope that this post have inspired you to try it out. Get that extra boost of Vitamin A and enjoy those extra greens on your plate!
Have an amazing weekend rescuing those carrot tops!
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Osteopathy, sports massage and functional nutrition in Haarlem. Taking care of zombies to olympians since 2007.