Seawives | 25/05/2018
The Perfect Crunch – the joy of Radishes
Following on with our feature about foods in season for May, we have chosen the small, crunchy, peppery root vegetable called the radish!
Radishes are not only tasty, cheap and easy to use but also extremely good for you. They are high source of Vitamin C, they contain fibre, regulate blood pressure and can relive congestion. During pregnancy they can also be a great source of folic acid and potassium.
The word Radish comes form the Latin “Radix” meaning root and the Greek word “Raphanus” meaning quickly appearing. This is probably due to the fact that it is one of the fastest growing sprouters when planted from seed. It should be planted and harvested early. It is very easy to grow – even we have managed to do it!
As a member of the mustard family it offers a peppery flavour, with a satisfying crush as you bite through the crunchy red skin and into the white coloured flesh. Radish is mostly served in salads although you can roast them, grill them, julienne them and of course eat them raw.
The French Way
There are many recipes that include radish but one of the best, and the most simple is by following the French. Simply slice, and serve with a salted butter. Dip the radish in the butter and eat. Amazingly simple and so delicious!
Should you wish to try something a little different with them you could try the following recipes, all of which can be googled and are easy to follow and prepare. We have added links to these recipes but bear in mind there will be many versions available.
Sticky Pork and radish noodles
Thought radishes were just for salads? Think again – they add crisp texture and a touch of heat to a stir-fry
- Whisk the honey and lime zest and juice together in a large bowl and season. Add the pork and mix well to coat in the marinade. Cover and chill for 10 mins.
- Cook the noodles in a pan of boiling water for 4 mins. Mix together the radishes, mangetout, carrot and coriander in a serving bowl. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Remove the pork from the marinade and add to the pan. Stir-fry for 3-5 mins, until golden and cooked through. Add the marinade to the pan and allow to bubble for 1 min.
- Drain the noodles and divide them between serving plates. Spoon the pork and all the pan juices over the vegetables and gently mix. Serve the noodles with the pork and vegetables.
With thanks to BBC Good Food
Crispy Garlic Radishes
Shake up your side dish options with Crispy Garlic Radishes. Usually a bit on the pungent side, radishes become sweet when roasted. The addition of olive oil and garlic make them a great way to add new vegetables to your dinner plate!
1 bag radishes (1 lb)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon parsley (chopped)
Cut the radishes in quarters.
Toss in olive oil, minced garlic, lemon juice, red pepper, salt, and pepper.
Roast at 400F for 25 minutes.
When fork tender, turn grill to high.
grill for 2 minutes or until crispy.
Toss with parsley and serve warm!
With thanks to taketwotapas.com
and last but not least…
New potatoes (also in season at the moment) with radishes and cured ham , again with thanks to BBC Good Food
Whatever tickles your tastebuds give them a go and let us know what you think !
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