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elizabeth fairfax hamilton
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David,
I'm greeting you with a question because... I can't greet you with homemade food.
What do you recommend with carrot tops? I feel they are drying energetically in my body. Mostly juice them/make stock. I would enjoy more ways of preparing them so I can trick children into eating them.
Thanks & blessings.
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Susan Doyon
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wow that is way more than I have at a time . I am finding there are so many non traditional greens that go to waste in our food system that I never used to think about . But with expenses of time and water getting the best use from every part of the garden is important .
I have discovered I rather like them as a green especially chopped up and simmered with radish greens or kale they cut the bitterness of the radish green ( a great mix is chard ,radish and carrot with a bit of garlic or onion. but I also used some in a soup last month and they gave color as well as a nice flavor . this year is the first time I have used them I was cutting them off as I washed carrots for dinner and I thought what do these taste like and went and looked it up ( this was our first decent carrot crop ) they could be frozen but I was also thinking because of the fineness of the leaf they could also be dried and used in soups , stews , mixed greens and vegetable base smoothies . I am thinking of trying some finely chopped in carrot cake/ or pumpkin bread to add fiber. Just have not had time lately or room in the freezer we do not eat sweets quickly so I freeze portions. has any one seen a nutrition chart for carrot green or some of the other underutilized plant parts ?

Now I wish I had taken pictures of the carrots I cooked over the last few days polar opposites of yours mine came out short and wide a few 2 1/2" + across the cut top but only 2 to 5" long
we had 6 weeks of almost no rain and they did not get attention . I am surprised they survived .
what type of soil do you have to grow such long carrots?
 
Dave Kennedy
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Hi Elizabeth,

Gorgeous carrots! I haven't used carrots much. That whole family (Apiaceae or umbelifers) is super flavorful (carrots, parsnips, celery, parsley, dill, cilantro, cumin, caraway, fennel, etc.) and very high in antioxidants. I'm not surprised that kids might need to be tricked into eating carrot tops. Without knowing anything of your dietary preferences I might suggest trying dehydrating the carrot tops, grinding them in a coffee mill or similar grinder and mixing them in with other foods that are better accepted. Working in the tropics, where admittedly kids can be less fussy about food because they are often hungry, we have had great acceptance from kids with green pasta (replace 20% of the flour with powder from dried carrot tops or other nutritious greens. Even better acceptance has been with dinosaur shaped cookies (works with frogs, Christmas trees, or any cookie cutter for something that is normally green. Hard to disguise the chlorophyll. Peanut butter balls with raisins and dried leaf powder rolled in shredded coconut also have had good acceptance as an easy to prepare high energy snack.

Good luck. Let me know if you come up with any especially good tricks.
 
Melba Corbett
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Carrot tops and parsley, dried, then made into a tea, are nourishing and healing for the kidneys.
 
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