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Aug 6, 2009 09:26 AM

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