Carrot tops can bring a sort of spice to various dishes. They have a peppery flavor that is similar to parsley or arugula and is coarse and grainy when raw.
These greens are loaded with vitamin K that enhances bone health and its strength. It can help lessen the chances of bone and joint problems such as osteoporosis. This vitamin is also essential for our cognitive and heart health. They also have more vitamin C than the carrot root and a considerable amount of vitamin A (helps to maintain eye health) fiber, calcium, and iron.
Its potassium content helps in assisting the regulation of blood pressure, keeping the heart healthy, and lowering the risk of stroke caused by atherosclerosis as well as supporting our metabolism and preventing osteoporosis.
Moreover, carrot greens have chlorophyll, the green pigment that according to studies, have shown potential in combating the growth of a tumor, act as a mild diuretic that helps stimulate the outflow of bodily fluid in the form of urine, and has detoxification effects to the body similar to green tea. Chlorophyll is also a perfect source of magnesium. Magnesium is needed by our body as it keeps the heartbeat steady, maintains normal nerve and muscle function, helps the bone remain strong, supports a healthy immune system, helps adjust blood glucose levels, and aids in the production of energy and protein.
Because of its antiseptic properties, carrot leaf juice is used as a mouthwash to minimize bad breath and treat mouth sores.
Mashed greens mixed with honey are used to assist cleaning festering wounds.
Perfect Ways Of Consuming Carrot Greens
First, we need to ensure that the leaves haven’t been sprayed with pesticides or other chemicals.
When cooking, the fibrous stems of carrot greens should be removed just like any other tender herb, dill, or parsley.
- Use carrot greens as salad greens.
- Add it to stir-fries and curries or as a garnish.
- Use it in soups, salads, and sandwiches.
- Use it to make vegetable shakes and juices.
- Pair it with sweeter ingredients such as vinaigrette.
- Use it as a topping for carrot soup or mix these greens into hummus, couscous, chickpea salads, and pesto.
How To Make A Carrot Leaf Tea
- 1 bunch carrot leaves, thoroughly washed
- 2 cups boiling water
- zest from one lemon (optional)
- honey and lemon slices for serving (optional)
Simply place the carrot leaves and lemon zest in a teapot. Pour boiling water over them and let steep for 10-15 minutes. Add some honey and lemon slices for added taste and benefits.