Should you buy carrots with tops?
(In fact, the perkiness and freshness of the greens are a good indication of how fresh the carrots themselves are.) But that’s not the only reason to buy intact, green-topped carrots. The greens themselves are pleasantly bitter and tart—flavors that can perfectly balance out carrots’ earthy sweetness in a dish.
What can be done with carrot tops?
Carrot tops are high in vitamin C, vitamin K, and potassium. Use them as you would parsley, or in place of parsley in recipes. Strip the leaves from the tough stems, add them to stock or soup, put them in salads, or make chimichurri. Or make this carrot top pesto.
What is the green on top of carrots?
Yep, this is called “sunburning” and happens, obviously enough, when the root is exposed to the sun and develops chlorophyll. This isn’t a serious issue, and UN agriculture guidelines even allow for some green tops in produce they consider to be “good quality” (but not “superior quality”).
What are baby cut carrots?
Baby carrots are just pieces of a fully-grown, regular adult carrot, cut into two-inch fragments by a machine. Once cut up, another machine rounds off the edges, so that the carrots end up looking like the ones you buy at the grocery store. The shredded leftovers usually end up in cattle feed.