The great thing about carrots is that the tops are edible and they are feathery and pretty. After awhile, the roots may actually form into a new, weirdly shaped carrot, but I think the beauty of these carrots is to keep them growing inside as an edible houseplant and snip leaves as you need them. Later in this article I'll give you some suggestions about how to add these vegetables to your recipes.
To regrow carrots, purchase carrots that still have their tops on them. Generally, this will be in the organic section of the grocery store. Remove the greens and cut off about an inch of the top of the carrot. Place the top, cut side down in a shallow dish of water. Watch the water levels daily. I used filtered water from my Brita pitcher to water all of my plants. In a few days, you will see little sprouts coming up around the ring on the carrot. As they begin grow, you may also see little feathery roots begin to form. As the greens begin to get to be about 3 inches tall, transplant them into a pot with a nice potting mix and continue to water them. Don't put them out in the heat! Carrots like cooler temperatures, so they will do better indoors. (I learned this from sad experience.)
The great thing about garlic is, you guessed it, the tops, better known as the scape, are totally edible! You can use those nice green stalks just like you would garlic. Not only that, garlic will flower and you may also use the flower seeds to add garlic flavor to your cooking. Just like the garlic cloves, the greens and seeds contain a natural antibiotic, manganese and iron.
- To sneak a bit more fiber into my grandchildren's diet, I made an herbed rice. I used green onions, carrot top and beet tops chopped very finely and they barely noticed them. If you aren't a picky child, you can add more to your taste. When my garlic scapes get longer, they will probably be great in here as well!
- Adding herbs to biscuits is a savory treat. I've already done it with onion and carrot tops. Of course, garlic will be great!
- All of these things will make a great addition to salad to add some interest and flavor.
- An herbed yeast bread is always good. I used onions, garlic and rosemary (which many people have growing decoratively in their yards) on my focaccia bread.
- All of these veggies will also be delicious in homemade soup!
- bell peppers
I am so excited that aside from an outdoor garden, I will have some easy indoor alternatives! Have you regrown any veggies from the grocery store? Tell me you experience in the comments!