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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Jain Silver
Jain Silver 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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AntoniaJames
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/

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Miafoodie
Miafoodie December 22, 2011

Thanks Jain Silver, I think I'll try sauteing them.

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Miafoodie
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.

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Jain Silver
Jain Silver December 22, 2011

glad you didn't follow my advise- just read the article myself :/

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Jain Silver
Jain Silver December 22, 2011

Huh. Went googling for more info and here's Harold McGee and his (differing) opinion http://dinersjournal.blogs...

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luvcookbooks
luvcookbooks December 23, 2011
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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.
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susan g
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.

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Hilarybee
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.

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