Can we use leaves and stems of carrot or beetroot or even pepper seeds?


Some of us are very motivated these days to use kitchen waste as much as possible and follow the “zero waste” trend and some of us simply hate to see their money wasted … but do not know how to use the greens and leaves…other than put it in a composter.

We probably don’t need to tell you that broccoli stems and stalks taste like kohlrabi, or that you can use veggie skins and other “stuff” to make a broth or sauce. But what about carrot leaves or pepper seeds?

Pesto can handle almost anything including radish or carrot leaves

First, let us take a look at radish leaves – they are big in vitamins C, A, E and the B group, and contain plenty of essential oils, which give radishes their specific taste. All this substances can cleanse our bodies. Those of you who like a tangy taste can use washed leaves in various salads or smoothies – and in pesto of course. But do not try to make a pure radish pesto. The taste is really “specific” and you probably will not like it, plus the very fine hairs you find in radishes may feel funny…


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Carrot leaves and stemswill not give you any problems and you can shamelessly use them in smoothies, but you should definitely try carrot pesto. It is phenomenal. It tastes great and you can prepare it even in the middle of winter – when basil is in short supply. Here is how to do it.

Carrot pesto

  • three handfuls of carrot greens (do not use the hardest stems)
  • olive oil – about 6 spoons
  • teaspoon of salt
  • two cloves of garlic
  • 3 tablespoons of pine nuts
  • about 60 grams of Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • teaspoon of lemon juice
  • two larger mint leaves

Now, throw everythingin the blender. If your pesto is too runny, add nuts, if it is too stiff, add more oil. And how should you server it? Carrot pesto is great on pastas, baked baguettes, toast, etc….just like regular pesto…

Spinach from beetroot leaves

You probably will not find beetroot leaves in regular stores but at farmers’ markets they are sold quite often. An experienced farmer or seller will not tear off the leaves because vegetables will start losing nutrients quickly. So, remove the hard petioles (stems) from the leaves and prepare them in the same way as you would regular spinach leaves. That is it.

Pepper seeds

Pepper seeds are not really suitable for sowing, but this does not mean that you have to throw them in the trash. Dry them and grind them into a powder and use it for seasoning and “aromatizing”. They are great in a beef stew or similar dishes, just do not use too much. Pepper seeds may be very spicy…

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Radek Štěpán

Gardening is my hobby, I have a lot of experience and I am happy to share it.


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