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Carrot Tops

Am I right in thinking I can eat carrot tops as a veggie?  If so any culinery geniuses out there who can tell me what to do with them please?

The same goes for japonica, can I use the ornamental japonica in quince recipes as a substitute for quince? 


  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    I would be a bit wary about eating carrot tops.  There are differing opinions as to whether they are poisonous or not.  They certainly are for horses.

    Yes you can use japonica as a substitute for quince, but if you have ever seen or used  the large quinces you might see them as a poor substitute.  Cydonia (?? Not sure that is correct) are in some greengrocers now.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 63,982

    Best use for carrot tops that I know is to feed them to guinea pigs - they love them image  I give mine to a friend who has guinea pigs and she gives me their 'manure' for my compost heap - the best activator there is!

    I use quartered japonica fruits as flavouring with cooked apples for jelly or with a filling for a pie etc but I remove them before serving as they are a bit tough.  They impart a wonderful flavour and aroma when quartered and cooked with a pot-roasted pheasant.  They're not as good as the real quince, but if you've got some, use them image

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  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 14,887

    I 've looked on several internet sites which say you can eat carrot tops, in fact they are highly nutritious. But they contain an alkaloid which makes them a bit bitter and may upset the tummy of someone who is actually allergic to them. Dandelions are bitter, yet the French love them and put them in salads.

    I have a horse and horses love carrot tops, so I looked that up too as Welshoinion says they are poisonous to horses. All sites said horses love them and can eat them in moderation (must be like children with sweets!) I know deer and rabbits eat them as they've stripped them in my veg garden in the past.

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • Thanx all for the advice...don't know anyone with guinea pigs so I'll miss that bit out and bung the carrot tops in the compost instead!   I remember telling my nephew that you could eat ground elder and he just broke some off and ate it...he said that was bitter as I stood there with my mouth open!!!  I'v used that sort of thing to put kids off grabbing a poisonous leaf and devouring too.

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