What can I do with carrot tops???

I am making thirschfeld's Glazed Carrots with Braised Bibb Lettuce.
The carrots came with beautiful tops, it seems a shame to
discard them. How can I use them?

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Hilarybee December 23, 2011
Compost! I had a terrible incident with carrot tops several years ago. I made the recipe, ate it with my husband and I was fine. He however, needed to get his stomach pumped at the hospital.
 
susan G. December 23, 2011
If they're fresh and bright, you can garnish with them, or put them in a vase.... appreciate the generous and conflicted -- for humans -- bounty of nature. Similar, check out rhubarb greens.
 
luvcookbooks December 23, 2011
http://www.food52.com/hotline/2345-bought-a-beautiful-bunch-of-carrots-at-fresh-market-today-but-have-no-idea-what-to-do-with-the-lovely
This is an answer from a former food pickle.
http://www.food52.com/recipes/14583_sweet_roasted_roots_with_carrot_top_gremolata
Check out the comment thread on this recipe.
I have a recipe for carrot top tea in the Pooh Cook Book but don't plan to use it. Scared off...makes good compost, no controversy there.
 
Jain S. December 22, 2011
Huh. Went googling for more info and here's Harold McGee and his (differing) opinion http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/08/06/harold-mcgee-responds-part-1/
 
Jain S. December 22, 2011
glad you didn't follow my advise- just read the article myself :/
 
Miafoodie December 22, 2011
AJ, thank you, just read the article and decided to discard the beautiful greens.
I do not want to take a chance.
 
Miafoodie December 22, 2011
Thanks Jain Silver, I think I'll try sauteing them.
 
AntoniaJames December 22, 2011
I'd be hesitant to use them other than as a tiny garnish, in light of an article I read in The New York Times several years ago that carrot tops contain a substance that is toxic to humans. ;o) Here's the link: http://topics.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/13/the-toxic-salad/
 
Jain S. December 22, 2011
Never worked with carrot tips per se, however have done this w turnip greens - sautéed w garlic and finish w a bit of lemon juice! Also, could put into a lovely soup at the last
Bit so still nice and bright
 
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