Le jour vient où une seule carotte, fraîchement observée, déclenchera une révolution – Paul Cezanne
The other day, one of my west-coast sisters told me about the most amazing dinner that they had on Canada Day: freshly caught salmon with roasted carrots (from their garden) and carrot top pesto on pasta.
That’s right. She said “carrot top” pesto.
It has been rumored that carrot tops are poisonous and potentially deadly, but that’s actually not true. In fact, they are very edible and loaded with vitamins and minerals. There is a persistent belief that the alkaloids in carrot tops make them slightly dangerous for consumption, but this isn’t really true, as alkaloids are a substance found throughout nearly every leafy green vegetable.
The leafy tops [of carrots], which remind me of parsley, taste herbaceous and vaguely reminiscent of, well, carrots. They can be eaten raw in salads, although their taste can be a little bitter.
– Kelli Foster, Kitchn | Yes, You Can Eat Carrot Tops. No, They’re Not Poisonous!
I moaned about the fact that we didn’t have any carrots growing but maybe we could steal some from M and J’s garden two doors down…. They have LOTS of carrots! They wouldn’t miss a few, would they??
But Lady Luck was kind to us and saved us from becoming petty thieves.
Guess what we had for dinner last night! (continue reading )