I have grown radishes for as long as I have had a vegetable garden. While I have always dutifully choked them down, I’ve never been that huge a fan of their peppery bite.
Lately I’ve been doing something new… I’ve been cooking them. Fresh picked radishes stir-fried over high heat for a very short time (2-3 minutes) barely resemble their raw counterparts. Cooking them mellows their flavor and makes them much more palatable -I could eat plate after plate of radishes prepared this way.
Because I’ve got so many greens in my garden right now, I added them to this dish. You could do the same, or just cook the radishes on their own.
Recipe for Stir-Fried Radishes
* 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
* approximately 1 pound radishes, trimmed and sliced
* 2 large handfuls of homegrown greens, chopped (I used a mixture of spinach and arugula)
* 3 tablespoons chopped basil
1. Heat oil in a large skillet or wok over high heat.
2. Add radishes to pan and cook for 1-2 minutes, then toss in the greens and the basil. Cook, stirring everything around with a wooden spoon quite frequently, for another minute or two.
3. Remove from the heat and drizzle with a little more olive oil, if you like. Sprinkle with sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste before serving.
–Winnie Abramson writes the organic gardening and food blog Healthy Green Kitchen.
Photo credits: Winnie Abramson