Its easy to become wasteful in the kitchen in todays disposable society, but theres much more heading for the bin or the compost heap than need be. All those edible greens going onto the compost heap or in the bin, just carelessly getting thrown away, with millions of people on the planet without enough to eat, most of us are guilty and knowingly or unknowingly throw away good food!
Believe it, broccoli leaves are edible and very nutritious, they contain considerable amounts of Vitamin A, they have a mild, earthy taste and can can be eaten raw, boiled or steamed just like cabbage.
Select the smaller leaves growing between the main leaves and the florets, add them to curry, or boil them with cabbage. Its also a good idea to cut out the stem before cooking.
Onion tops are great, boiled or fried, they can also be chopped thinly to make a great garnish for baked potatoes or added to pasta or pizza.
The leaves of the radish are even more nutritious than the radish itself!, they should never be thrown away. Radish leaves are packed full of vitamin C, calcium, protein and folic acid. Boil, steam or simply add then to fresh leafy salads.
Beetroot leaves are very healthy and very tasty, full of manganese, potassium and antioxidants, rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, B6, E. The leaves are great for regulating blood pressure, simply boil or steam.
Brussel Sprout Leaves
Taste & delicious, they contain vitamin C and vitamin A, and considerable amounts of magnesium. Boil, steam or cut them thinly and fry them in olive oil with salt, pepper and garlic.
All them carrots we buy in the local supermarket never come with their tops on, the green tops of the carrot are as nutritious as the carrot itself.
Eaten raw they can taste bitter, try them fried in olive oil, or used as a soup stock.
So next time when busy in the kitchen, try not to waste whats good, prepare one or two extra side dishes of leaves that would have been thrown. Its good for the heart and great for the soul.