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Do you use your root veggie tops? How?

I did eventually learn what to do with beet and turnip tops (i.e., the greens). But as I bring home a large back of veggies and put them on the counter for sorting, I realize that I have celeriac and fennel tops (leaves, fronds, and thin stalks), carrot tops, radish tops.

Are there uses for these besides compost and bunny food?

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  1. I've been eating radish greens lately. I cook them with olive oil and garlic as I would other greens. And I often see recipes that call for using the feathery fennel leaves as a garnish. The issue of carrot tops has been addressed on other threads. It seems some people eat them. I never have.

    1. I sometimes will saute beet tops with olive oil, butter or bacon or all three with garlic.

      I would submerge the greens in water first to get rid of all of the sand and possible other critters.

      I also will par boil the greens first.

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      1. re: normalheightsfoodie

        Thanks. Yeah, I've used beet and turnip tops sauteed, roasted, and in soups. It's the other veggie tops that have me stumped. If that was a very bad pun, I apologize :)

      2. roast your fish on the fennel fronds.

        1. I know of someone who would collect some of them for someone who had horses.

          1. I love fennel fronds in salads for a little licorice flavor. I saute radish and beet greens with olive oil, garlic, and chili flakes for delicious sides.... but carrot tops? never tried

            1. You could also use the tops to make a vegi broth for a future use.

              1. As first-year CSA subscribers, my dear wife and I have been challenged to use our veg in creative ways.

                So far our best efforts: I took all the tops, along with some saute mix greens and baby spinach and sauted it all together. Then used the result as I would for spinach in a spinach lasagna.

                Yesterday, DW had peeled the carrots and the tops were lying on the counter while she finished up. I offered to toss them for her. No, she said, they're getting chopped and put into that pot of jambalaya.

                Tops = No rules at our house!

                1. radish greens soup

                  steamed or sauteed beet greens w butter or olive oil, salt and pepper - that's all they need. Delicious.

                  I think there's a Mario risotto recipe using fennel and the fronds are scattered in at the end. A friend and I painstakingly washed and reserved them and then forgot to add them to the finished risotto.That's what too much chit chat and wine does to you.

                  1. I have a guinea pig. He's well-fed.

                    1. My husband had beet greens (with sauteed onions and garlic) with pasta the other day.

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                      1. re: lgss

                        love sauteed beet greens. they've got "guts" ;-).

                          1. re: sasha1

                            Gravy :) just phonetic I guess. Sorry ;)

                            1. re: Soop

                              soop, i thought you were saying gravy, but i pictured you saying it with a maniacal grin of craving on your face.

                              1. re: alkapal

                                You know me too well Alka. I read in the Guardian restaurant review on Saturday about a dish featuring gravy with oxtail bits :P