Recipe Directions

Chop the carrot roots (with their peel on if they are organic) in the food processor (pulse) until they have a couscous texture. Put aside in a bowl. Chop finely the carrot leaves with a knife, like you would do with parsley. Remove the hard stems if there are any. Add to bowl with the carrot “couscous”, raisins and chopped mint leaves. Season to taste with lemon juice, olive oil and salt. The carrot leaves taste delicious, so don’t hesitate to put more.

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A delicious way to use the leaves of carrots.

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Did anyone tried adding green chillie? if not try it,Then you are gonna realize its original taste.
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In her book "Green for life", Victoria Boutenko recommends carrot greens in smoothies. I'm surprised to see that it is a common belief that carrot leaves are toxic. I did a quick researsh on Internet to find out why and maybe I found part of the answer. The following quote was taken from www.carrotmuseum.com:
There is some debate about whether you can eat the green leaves.
Despite the presence of celery and carrots in the carrot family of Apiaceae ("umbellifers"), many other members of the family are highly poisonous, but not carrot.
They ARE edible and are highly nutritive, rich in protein, minerals and vitamins. The tops of the carrots are loaded with potassium which can make them bitter, so the use of them in food is limited [...] Carrot tops are an outstanding source of chlorophyll, the green pigment that studies have shown to combat the growth of tumours. Chlorophyll contains cleansing properties that purify the blood, lymph nodes, and adrenal glands. Scientists have been unable to synthesize chlorophyll in the laboratory, but green plant foods contain sufficient quantities to protect the human body.
The leaves do contain furocoumarins that may cause allergic contact dermatitis from the leaves, especially when wet. Later exposure to the sun may cause mild photodermatitis. (This is NOT the same as 'poisonous' - it will only affect susceptible people with allergies to the plant. Some people have the same reaction to yarrow, ragwort, chamomile etc.)
There is a distinct difference between toxins and allergens. Carrots (Daucus carota), whether wild or domesticated, are not toxic, they are allergenic.

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Carrot leaves are poisonous people I dont know what they do but every raw book I have read says to toss them not to juice or use them at all.

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This was so awesome! I used the whole carrots plus threw some parsley in for good measure. I also added one minced green onion. thanks for this! its gonna be a staple food!

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Tried it, its great
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Couldn't get any carrots with steams... so instead I used Parsley. Yum :)
I put mine into Little Gem leaves to eat. Very tasty

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Hi all -- Sounds like a great recipie.
The wild carrot has 3 things that distingush it from hemlock (and another poisonous plant):
1. It has a tiny purple flower exactly in the center of the white flowers
2. It has hairy stems
3. It has a root that smells like a carrot

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Hi, lovely photo. I make something similar, using parsley and goji berries, sometimes crumbled hazelnuts. In other words the dressed carrot is a great jumping off point for playing and creativity and individual preference.

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What a beautiful recipe and I've been looking for a way to jazz up my carrots. Thank-you :)

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Thanks, Crue. I always felt bad about tossing the greens, but wasn't sure if they would kill me or not!

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bronwyn, I am so lucky to have a place to grow my own vegetables. In place of the carrot leaves, I would use parsley, lots and lots of parsley :)
Mon46, Victoria Boutenko recommends carrot leaves in "Green for Life", saying it has several times more nutrition than the roots. The problem, I think, is when people are looking for wild carrots. Wild carrot leaves look a lot like hemlock, wich is very poisonous. So there is no problem if you buy your carrots in the store or if you grow them in the garden. I would not take any chance with wild carrots.

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This looks lovely. I have heard, though, that carrot greens can be poisonous. I'm assuming they weren't for you because you've obviously eaten this. Anyone else have a negative response to carrot tops?

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Oh-but the organic carrots I buy don't have their leaves still on them. Is there a substitute for those? Maybe basil? I've never eaten carrot leaves before so I don't know what they taste like.

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Crue, this looks delicious. I will try this for lunch today. Merci beaucoup!

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