I only found out because they were in my farm box from Cal Poly Pomona, which you can buy online here. I figured if they hadn’t cut off the tops then maybe they were like beet tops, which are as yummy as Swiss chard.
So thanks to some inspiration from this recipe from The Guardian, I made a pesto sauce from the carrot tops! SO easy and delish.
Make sure to use organic as the tops get the bulk of the pesticides.
I feel like it’s really dramatic–and privileged–of me to say that. And yet, it’s true. Since I started picking up a box of locally-grown produce from Cal Poly Pomona, about five weeks ago, everything’s changed.
Up until now, I haven’t been part of the “eat local” movement because I live in a part of L.A. that isn’t trendy enough to access it. I was going to get Farm Fresh to You based on a friend’s recommendation but they only deliver during the night and anything left on my doorstep would be stolen before dawn.
So when Cal Poly Pomona announced it had started a “Farm Box” program that allows you to pick up CPP-grown produce for just $26–and that every purchase supports student success–I thought I’d try it out. I had no idea how much it would impact my life.
I’ve spent most of the last year in my house due to COVID-19. I didn’t expect to become part of the trend of folks learning to cook during the pandemic, but eventually I got sick of the same old plates and eating takeout all the time was not an option. (more…)