Maple Roasted Carrots Recipe & Ways to Eat the Greens (2024)

21. August 2019

This year I had a bumper crop of rainbow colored carrots. I actually grew a RAINBOW! Pretty cool.

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From left to right, Rainbow Mix(white to orange carrots), Cosmic Purple has reddish skin with orange flesh, and Black Nebula.

This year I grew Black Nebula, Cosmic Purple, and Rainbow Mix which is one carrot variety that has color variations from orange to white. You can read more about this pelleted Rainbow Mix carrot seed on my last blog post. If you have problems getting carrots to germinate, try pelleted seed and growing in a container. You're welcome!And if you're interested in non-orange carrots, read my blog post on the History of Carrot Colors.

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From left to right, Black Nebula, Cosmic Purple, & the last 3 are all Rainbow Mix. As you can see, black carrots leave you with purple skin!

I’ve had great success growing carrots in containers with a DIY garden soil mix. This growing method has worked much better than when I grew carrots in my raised garden bed. I’ve gotten much longer and straighter carrots growing in containers. But there’s nothing wrong with a crooked carrot. In fact, the less than perfect carrots work great in homemade bone broth or for roasting. If you’ve ever grown a crooked or bumpy carrot, it can be a pain to peel. So just leave the carrot skins on, give them a good scrub, then toss into your recipe. The skins are loaded with nutrients and lend an earthier taste when roasting.

I mean, I couldn't easily peel this carrot below, right? But you can bet your booty that I took about a hundred photos and plastered them all over the internets. Pervert. There's always one in every bunch. I'm talking about the carrot, not me. Insert eye roll here.

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Eating Carrot Greens

Did you know that carrot tops are edible? It’s true! So don’t throw those tops away. In fact,carrot tops are very nutritious. Carrot greens are loaded with vitamins A & C, calcium, iron, dietary fiber, and antioxidants. They are cholesterol free and low in calories too. Carrot tops are beneficial to eye health, circulation, digestion, kidney function, and blood pressure. Since they have known detoxifying properties, they can give your immune system a boost as well. How about acarrot top green smoothieto start the day?

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Alone, carrot tops cantaste a tad bitter. But you can pair the greens with something sweet like carrots and maple syrup or add to avinaigrette. Or trysautéing the greens with olive oil or bacon fat with some salt and pepper and a dash of lemon juice near the end.I often add chopped carrot greens to salads, soups,homemade bone broth, orcarrot top pesto. I follow my basic pesto recipe and use half carrot tops and half basil. The pesto has a slightly more earthy flavor and texture than if you just use basil. This is a great way to use something that often gets tossed. So be green and eat ALL of your greens!

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Storing Carrot Greens

Carrot greens store a long time in the crisper. I put mine in slightly dampened paper towels, roll them up tightly, then place in a plastic newspaper bag. This helps to keep them from wilting, although they won’t last indefinitely stored fresh.Since my crisper was stuffed full of carrots and greens, I decided to dehydrate a lot of the greens. I stripped the smaller carrot greens from the large main stem. ThenI followed my dehydrator’s directions fordrying fresh herbs. Most of the greens were dried and crispy after three hours. Once dried, I lightlycrumbled them up and stored in a mason jar.Now I’ll be able to add dried carrot greens to soups or roasted veggiesthroughout the year.

I stored mydehydrated carrot greens in a mason jar with our Eat Your Veggies canning labels.

Cooking with Carrot Greens

Carrot greens add a pretty touch to roasted vegetables or soups. If I have fresh carrot greens on hand, I’ll use them in any dish that calls for parsley. Chopped carrot greens make these maple roasted carrots look rustic. You can use dried carrot greens or other herbs instead.

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Maple Roasted Carrots

  • Carrots, scrubbed but not peeled (slice or leave whole depending on the size)
  • 1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • Dash of salt
  • Handful of cleaned carrot greens, stem removed & leavescoarsely chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Scrub carrots well. I leave the skins on which gives the carrots an earthier taste. You may also peel the carrots if you prefer. Depending on the size of your carrots, you can slice them into coins, slice in half, or leave whole.
  3. Combine maple syrup, olive oil, and lemon juice in bowl.
  4. Stir in carrots, salt, and carrot greens until everything is coated.
  5. Add carrots to cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Cook 15 minutes at 425 degrees, then stir and flip the carrots. Roast approximately 15 more minutes, or until fork tender.


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If you use black carrots, they will create a nice dark syrup and add a nice contrast to lighter carrots.

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Carrot Top Pesto

In my photo above, the lighter pesto is all basilandthe one on the bottom is half carrot topandhalf basil. Adding the carrot greens makes it a little earthier tasting. It's a good way to use something that usually gets thrown away that is also surprisingly nutritious!

  • 1/3 cup toasted nuts (I often use sunflower seeds instead of nuts).
  • 2 small garlic cloves
  • 1 cup chopped carrot greens
  • 1 cup basil
  • 1 TBS lemon juice
  • 1/4-1/3 cup olive oil

Combine nuts & garlic in food processor until pasty. Blend in the greens, then add the other ingredients until combined. Add more lemon, S&P to taste.


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Want more carrot recipes? Here are a few more recipe ideas for roasted carrots and carrot tops. If you have a surplus of carrots from your garden, get to peeling (or not) & start cooking now!

Roasted Carrot Recipes

Carrot Top Recipes

Want to grow your own carrots? Read our blog post:

Planting Carrots in Containers with Homemade Potting Soil Recipe

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Do you eat carrot greens? If so, how do you cook and store them? Let us know in the comments below.

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Comments (16)

Renita on October 01, 2020

Just grew my first carrots ever. The greens are beautiful. I didn’t want to throw them away. Dehydration is awesome. Thx for the info.

Deborah on March 19, 2021

This sounds great! I’ve tried to grow carrots before but haven’t had any luck. They come up and then just go limp and die. I think I’ll try again this season. Thanks for sharing your recipes.

CanningCrafts on March 19, 2021


We have a great blog post on growing carrots in containers with a DIY potting soil. So if you have a tough time growing carrots, it could be that the soil isn’t loose enough. You can read our post here & perhaps get some gardening tips to have better luck growing carrots.


Pat Richardson on April 09, 2021

Like your post. I was raised on a farm with large garden. We canned, froze or put in cellar the food we grew. You presented some things I didn’t know. THANKS!

Star on June 03, 2021

I make a carrot top chimichurri. Never thought to dehydrate them. Thanks for sharing.

Line on August 27, 2021

I use the carrot tops when I make salted herbs that I later use in soups, stews etc

Wendy on March 25, 2022

I add carrots and dried carrot greens to my daily smoothies – goodness all winter long! I dried my carrot greens as a bunch, hung from the herb drying line in the craft room.

CanningCrafts on March 25, 2022

That sounds like a great way to add carrot greens to your diet. Thanks for the healthy tip :)

Dorie on April 07, 2022

I didn’t know you can eat the tops of carrots I try to grow carrots from cuttings they only get so far then they die what do I bought wrong when should I put in soil ?

CanningCrafts on April 07, 2022


I’ve never grown carrots from cuttings, so I’m not sure what is going wrong for you. I know some gardeners grow from cuttings just so they can collect the seeds. Carrots are fairly easy to grow from seed though, especially if you use pelleted seed with a nice DIY soil mix. We have another blog post about making your own soil mix just for carrots & growing them in containers for superior results. It may be helpful for you.


Beth on July 21, 2022

Great ideas, I’ve never considered using the tops. I’ll definitely be trying some of these recipes this year.

Dorie, I’m assuming by growing from cuttings you mean you cut the tops off and put them in water to root? Like Alison said that’s a good way to continue growing the tops for seed, but it won’t develop a new tap root. Carrots are a biannual plant, so at the very most they’ve got a 2 year life span. They are already 1 year down when you start with your cutting. And not having the majority of their root in the second year they have a hard time doing too well, so don’t feel too bad if it doesn’t work great for you to grow them. They would be susceptible to root rot too. It’s not exactly that you’re doing anything wrong, it’s just the nature of it.
If you’re wanting to grow seeds, try starting with a whole carrot. It’ll be a much healthier plant which in turn will give you much more seed.

Hope that helps. Good luck and happy planting!

Delly Rose on September 19, 2022

This is the 2nd year I have grown carrots and I have a bumper crop this year. I am using the greens for the first time this year and am enjoying them tremendously. I am going to hang my greens to dry and use them this winter. Thank you for the ideas and the recipes.

Rhonda Jones on October 06, 2022

Genius! Just genius! Thank you for this inspirational information that I’m so grateful to receive.

Ikhetheleng Cecilia on June 12, 2023

Thank you for all information that you provide it’s so inspirational 🙏

Jacqueline on July 16, 2023

Great ideas, I made carrot top hummus and tasted great. Now making broth for soup bases.

Amy on January 25, 2024

I just had a kidney removed, after reading this I will be eating carrot tops now. Never knew you could eat them.
I will be hydrating them and adding them to my canning of soups and stews for sure.
Thank you!

Maple Roasted Carrots Recipe & Ways to Eat the Greens (2024)


Can you eat the greens from carrots? ›

Carrot greens are just as edible as carrots themselves, and they're delicious in this tangy chimichurri sauce, pesto, and more. Today, we're making chimichurri out of carrot greens! I don't know who ever spread the idea that vibrant carrot tops should be tossed. They're edible and delicious, so let's start using them!

What are the health benefits of carrot leaves? ›

Their consumption lowers the amount of cholesterol deposited in the veins of the body. As a result, they are an important part of a heart-healthy diet. They also purify your blood, lowering the pressure on your heart and kidneys in the process. Carrot leaves are also beneficial for boosting immunity.

Can I freeze carrot greens? ›

Because carrot leaves are very fragile, they will only stay fresh for about two days in the refrigerator. If you plan to use them later than two days, wrap them in a damp kitchen towel and place them in a eco-friendly freezer bag and freeze for up to a month (possibly longer, we haven't tested it) until ready to use.

What do you do with carrot tops? ›

Greens from younger carrots are milder than those from older carrots. 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.

Are unpeeled carrots healthier? ›

The peel of carrots has the highest concentration of several nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin B3 (niacin), and phytonutrients. There is no need to peel your carrots, however, you can do so if the skin is really filthy or has been damaged.

What are the greens of carrots called? ›

Also called carrot greens, carrot tops are the frilly greens visible above the soil. If you only buy baby carrots or bulk carrots in a bag, you probably don't see this part often. Not only are these emerald-hued greens edible, they're delicious.

How many carrots should I eat a day? ›

Generally speaking, it's safe (and a good idea!) to eat as many carrots as you'd like. Yes, there are rare cases where people have consumed so much beta carotene (from foods like carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, oranges and pumpkins) that their skin developed an orange hue (a condition called carotenemia).

What happens when you eat carrots on an empty stomach? ›

Carrots are a rich source of vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin A and potassium. This powerful duo helps improve vision, supports healthy skin, and maintains optimal blood pressure. Consuming them on an empty stomach jumpstarts your day with a burst of nutrition, setting the stage for a healthier lifestyle.

Do carrots detox the body? ›

Deficiency of vitamin A can lead to a loss of vision or in some cases night blindness. Carrots are a good source of carotenoid, which acts as an antioxidant and helps in detoxifying your system.

Can you eat too many carrot tops? ›

Carrot greens and tops are not poisonous, and they are most certainly edible. Carrot greens do contain alkaloids, but so does nearly every leafy green vegetable. Alkaloids are chemical compounds that serve as the plant's defense mechanism against pathogens.

Is it better to freeze cooked or raw carrots? ›

Like most vegetables, if frozen raw, the texture, taste, colour and nutritional value of carrots deteriorates. Make sure you blanch the veg to preserve these elements. Always use carrots that are at the peak of their freshness.

Can you freeze fresh greens without cooking them? ›

Select young, tender greens with good color and no blemishes. Remove soil and grit by rinsing several times under cold running water. Cut or tear large leaves as desired. Small leaves can be frozen whole.

Can dogs eat carrot greens? ›

Yes. Like many other fruits and vegetables, dogs get health benefits from carrots. In fact, every part of this vegetable, from the carrot itself to the leafy green tops, is safe for dogs to eat. They're a good, natural treat, and most dogs seem to like the flavor, too.

Are carrot good for dogs? ›

Carrots are a safe and healthy treat for both puppies and adult dogs, as long as they are cut up into ¼-inch thick slices. And as with any treat, moderation is key. Carrots promote eye health in dogs and humans, and the crunchiness is great for satisfying a dog's primal urge to chew.

What happens when you put carrot tops in water? ›

Prepare for garden magic! Over the next few days, you'll notice the carrot tops will start to sprout new leaves from the center. Change the water in the bowl every two to three days.

What to do with carrot tops after harvest? ›

They are really versatile, great for use in sauces and as a herb replacement, here are a few of my favourite ways to use carrot tops:
  1. Pesto (see recipe below)
  2. Mixed into green salads.
  3. As a garnish.
  4. Smoothie.
  5. Chimichurri sauce.
  6. As a parsley or coriander replacement.

Is it safe to eat bitter carrots? ›

Carrots may taste bitter because of a substance called terpenoids. It is present in more quantity if the carrots are harvested earlier and some breeds of carrots contain more terpenoids so yes it is safe for you to eat those carrots.

Will carrots grow if tops are eaten? ›

Once the taproot (carrot) is removed it cannot grow another. When cut from the top, the growing point for the taproot is removed, however the growing tip for new leaves is not removed. The growing tip (meristem) that forms the leaves can also grow new adventitious roots (fibrous roots), but not a taproot.

Are steamed carrots still nutritious? ›

Although raw carrot slices go well with a dip, cooked carrots are softer and easier to chew. But that's not the only benefit of heating the vegetable. Carrots provide more antioxidants when boiled or steamed than when eaten raw, according to a January 2008 report in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

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