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Do you use your root veggie tops? How?

sasha1 Aug 6, 2009 09:26 AM

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?

  1. NYCkaren Aug 6, 2009 09:39 AM

    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.

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      normalheightsfoodie Aug 6, 2009 11:58 AM

      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
        sasha1 Aug 6, 2009 12:37 PM

        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. alkapal Aug 6, 2009 04:44 PM

        roast your fish on the fennel fronds.

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          lgss Aug 6, 2009 07:16 PM

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

          1. kubasd Aug 6, 2009 08:06 PM

            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

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              normalheightsfoodie Aug 10, 2009 02:42 PM

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

              1. Monch Aug 10, 2009 02:53 PM

                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!

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                  cinnamon girl Aug 10, 2009 08:37 PM

                  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. Michelly Aug 11, 2009 01:28 PM

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

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                      lgss Aug 11, 2009 04:40 PM

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

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                      1. re: lgss
                        alkapal Aug 12, 2009 04:56 AM

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

                      2. Soop Aug 12, 2009 08:40 AM


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                        1. re: Soop
                          sasha1 Aug 21, 2009 11:36 AM

                          What is this? I'm mystified.

                          1. re: sasha1
                            Soop Aug 26, 2009 07:12 AM

                            Gravy :) just phonetic I guess. Sorry ;)

                            1. re: Soop
                              alkapal Aug 29, 2009 07:31 AM

                              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
                                Soop Sep 7, 2009 03:22 AM

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

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