Simple Advice to Make Root Vegetables Last Even Longer

published Mar 23, 2015
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When we buy root vegetables, like radishes, beets, carrots, and turnips, the leafy green tops are sometimes still attached. This has to be one of the best two-for-one deals out there. Not only are the tops edible, they’re also quite delicious.

But there’s some simple advice to follow when storing root vegetables and their green tops that will help them both last even longer.

When you get home from the store, it’s easy to put your veggies away and forget about them until you’re ready to cook. But, when you buy root vegetables with the tops still attached, there’s one thing you should always do first that will help your vegetables last even longer.

Always store root vegetables separate from the tops.

Radishes, beets, and carrots are often sold with the leafy green tops still attached. Before storing, remove the greens from the root and store each separately.

When attached, the greens draw moisture out of the root, drying it out over time. Removing the tops helps prevent this, making the roots last even longer.

Store the greens wrapped in a damp paper towel in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Keep the leafy green vegetable tops!