The Humble Radish

Gardener:Northland Backyard Gardener

Date:02 Sep 2022

Blog Type:Vegetables

Like many others, the radish was the first vegetable I can actually recollect growing. I must have been about 7 at the time, and it was purely grown because my mum told me that my grandfather liked them. However, as a kid, I am sad to say, that is perhaps where my talent for gardening started, and ended most likely that same month. A few radishes proudly handed to my grandfather. Fast forward a few decades, and radishes once again adorn the veggie garden - on mass, and all year round now.

Whilst in isolation, and while I was (initially) the only healthy household member for a week, I started to madly sort my autumn garden, suspecting rightly that I only had limited time before the garden would not be forefront on my list of things to do. Somewhere along the line over the following months I stumbled across a recipe that involved roasting radishes. I then started googling. I then started wondering if I was the only one who didn't know that roasted radishes was actually a  thing. Later that night, we ate our first radishes (and Japanese turnips because one thing led to the other). I do not know how I did not know you could roast them. I even rang my mum to tell her. 

If you haven't tried them roasted, they lose some of their intensity in heat, but retain moisture (almost like a perfectly roasted zucchini). 

Now we have radishes scattered in various stages of growth all around our gardens. No more waiting for summer and salads. This veggie is worth having in your garden. 

The Humble Radish