The most beautiful radish I’ve ever seen

by MELISSA GORDON 

 

The first time I planted a garden, I thought I knew what I was getting myself into. Plant the seeds in good soil, give them plenty of water and sunshine, and presto! I’d have a plot full of vegetables! While I realized almost immediately that all sorts of other factors complicate that process (those darn rabbits!), what struck me the most that first year was how miraculous it all was. Specifically, how tiny but vital each seed felt in my hand, how thrilling it was to see the first shoots come up, and how surprised/delighted/amazed I was when the vegetables appeared.

I had helped friends in their gardens before and I had benefited from their surplus, so it wasn’t as if I was unfamiliar with the process of growing food. Still, the first time I had my own garden, it was different. That very first radish was the most beautiful radish I’d ever seen. And perfectly peppery, too! But the only way I knew to eat a radish was to slice it up and throw it in a salad – and how many salads can one person eat?

Luckily for me my aunt Marge introduced me to The Radish Sandwich, which turned out to be a gateway to the world of radishes. 

If you’re like me, and you think radishes are only good for slicing into salads, you are about to enter an alternate universe, a universe where you understand that radishes are drastically underestimated. 

Radishes for everyone!

 

Radish Sandwich

• 2 slices whole wheat bread

• 1 tablespoon butter

• 1-3 radishes, sliced

 

1. You don’t need directions, but I’ll give them to you anyway. Spread butter on one slice of bread. Layer radish slices on the butter. Top with the other slice of bread! 

 

Sauteed Radishes and Their Greens

• 1 bunch 

radishes

• 1 tablespoon 

butter 

• 2 cloves garlic, chopped

• 1 green onion, sliced

• Salt and pepper

 

1. Rinse radishes and their greens in water to remove dirt.

 

2. Cut the upper leaves from the radishes and chop them. Set aside. Remove the stems and remaining leaves from the radishes and discard.

 

3. Trim and quarter the radish bulbs.

 

4. Heat butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for about one minute.

 

5. Add quartered radishes and cook, stirring often, for about two minutes. 

 

6. Add radish greens and green onions and continue to cook until greens begin to wilt, one to two minutes.

7. Remove from heat and season to taste with salt and pepper.