Radishes are plentiful in stores throughout the year but they can often be found in gardens around the country. People enjoy eating them raw but may not know of other ways to use radishes in summer recipes. Continue reading to learn more about using radishes in your meals.
Many people don’t realize that these robust little red-skinned wonders have been cultivated and eaten for thousands of years. Originally found in China, they were also enjoyed in Egypt and Greece. They were first cultivated in the United States by the year 1629 having first been grown in Massachusetts.
Varieties of radishes include California mammoth whites, daikon, black, red globe and icicles as well as others.
Toss Them on Your Salad
* Cut them into slices and add them to your next tossed salad. You can eat the fruit of the radish as well as the leaves. One thing about eating the leaves is that they don’t taste as spicy as the radishes themselves.
Try Some in Your Next Stir Fry
* Stir fries are a delicious way to use up your bounty. Thinly slice the radishes, add scallions and sauté them quickly until lightly browned. These can be added to fish tacos or spooned over your favorite fish.
Why Not Try Roasting Them – YUM!
* Quarter large radishes, coat them with olive oil and your favorite seasonings and then roast them in an oven set on 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until fork tender. Add the radishes to roasted potatoes and make potato salad. It will be a different way to enjoy potato salad.
Ever Heard of Radish Relish?
* Create a sharp and peppery relish, using lemon and orange zest, sugar, butter, salt and pepper to taste. This can be added to fish or another meat. You may even want to try it spread on bread and served with your favorite cheese.
Turn Them into Tasty Chips
* Looking for an alternative to potato chips? Thinly slice 10 radishes and steam them for five minutes in the microwave. Season them with 1 teaspoon chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt and 1/2 teaspoon paprika. Transfer the radish slices to a baking sheet and bake them for 10 minutes. Flip the radish chips and then return to the oven for another 10 minutes. They should be delicious and crispy.
If you would still like other summer recipes, take a look in your favorite cookbook or on the internet. You might like to check out Hollyhocks & Radishes: Mrs. Chard’s Almanac Cookbook for starters. Surely you’ll find something that will pique your interest and tingle your taste buds!