How to Store Radishes.

Radishes. Always the very first garden snack to come up.

They may seem boring and kind of utilitarian but radishes are always one of my favourite things to pick from the garden. Especially now that I’m growing about 7 different varieties.

It’s soon going to be too warm to grow radishes, and I’ll have to remember to put another batch in closer to the end of summer. Radishes are like the elderly. They don’t like the heat.

Betty was over the other day and noticed that my radishes were about to go to seed. She did not notice this because she has a keen sense and love of gardening. She noticed it because she has a keen love of radishes.

Garden Radishes

This year the first radishes to ripen were the Icicle Radishes (long and white), the Cherry Belle radishes and the Purple radish from William Dam’s Easter Egg hybrid radishes.

I’ve found that anything purple from the garden (like Cubit’s Cosmic Purple carrots) absolutely GLOWS.  The purples are always my favourites.

 

Radishes In Garden

Fresh Radishes

Multi Coloured Radishes

Multi Coloured Radishes 2

cut-radishes-2

 

The best way to store radishes (whether from the grocery store or your garden) is to cut the tops off and put them in a bowl of water in the refrigerator.

They’ll stay crisp and crunchy and good for ages. Or you can do like most gardeners do and just eat them right out of the dirt.

Of course if you do that you have to walk around with a packet of salt in your pocket because there’s nothing better than a radish dipped in salt.  NOT sprinkled.  DIPPED.  I learned that little trick from my mother, who also dips her chicken, potatoes and toothpaste in salt.  She does that after drinking the olive juice from the jar.

If you ever want to buy my mother a present a salt lick would be a good way to go.

It’s not too late to have radishes like these.  You can give them a shot now, and if they don’t do well (as I said before radishes don’t like heat), you can plant them when the weather starts to get a tiny bit cooler, say around the beginning of August here in Southern Ontario.  By the time they germinate and pop up, the nights will be cooler but there will still be plenty of sun for them to grow.

Ditto for purple carrots by the way.

If you’re interested in growing your own salt lick I’m afraid you’re on your own.

 

 

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64 Comments

  1. Melissa in North Carolina says:

    Great post! Lovely photos, too. Love me some radishes :) Would love to try the white and purple ones. Do they taste different from the red?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Melissa – All radishes taste a bit different. Some are hotter than others, some are milder. French Breakfast radishes are quite mild while the Black ones with white centres are REALLY hot. If you read the seed packet it should say if they’re strong or mild. ~ karen!

  2. Feral Turtle says:

    There is still hope for fall radishes! Thanks for the great tips.

  3. ~JackieVB says:

    I must be old before my time because I don’t like the heat either, of course the humidity down here in Virginia doesn’t help. As for radishes, I like to slice them and serve them with sour cream, sliced green onions and salt and pepper.

    • Karen says:

      LOL. See? And humidity is what I LOVE. I was just talking to a neighbour about this the other day. (Ontario is very, VERY humid in the summer) I love it when I walk outside and literally get hit in the face with the humidity. Love it. Of course, I love it considerably more now that I finally have central air conditioning. ~ karen!

  4. These images look good enough to eat. If I only liked radishes… which I don’t. Makes me want to grow them anyway. ;-)

  5. Ady says:

    Lovely radishes! The purple are the prettiest!
    My Mom and I love bread, butter, and radish sandwiches. The bread has to be thin sliced white bread and the radishes should be lightly salted. Great for breakfast!
    An aside: my Grandparents owned a feed store. I used to carry the rabbit salt licks around and lick them all day. We also used the lamb worming syringes as squirt guns to extinguish the workers’ cigarettes, but that’s an aside to the aside…

  6. Lynne says:

    I love raw radishes with some salt.

    A couple of years ago I got a particularly huge bunch from the organic grower at my local farmer’s market – lovely plump red radishes and a plethora of crisp greens so I tried something I’d never done before – I halved the radishes, tossed them with a bit of olive oil and salt and roasted them until they were tender crisp and starting to brown at the edges. Meanwhile I sautéed the greens with a little bit of butter and combined the two, finishing them with a bit more sea salt and cracked black pepper. Oh Em Gee!!!! Roasted radishes take on a sweet and vaguely turnip like taste and the greens maintain their bite. Heaven. I was in heaven. Mmmmmmmm. I ate the whole batch for my lunch with a piece of baguette.

    If you time the roasting just right the radishes will maintain most of their colour turning to a lovely fuchsia – longer doesn’t ruin the taste but they’ll gradually become a very soft pink.

  7. Susan Mrenna says:

    For summer radishes, try the rat-tailed radish. You eat the seed pods, not the root, but they taste just like root radishes.

    • Karen says:

      Those are great! I almost grew them this year, but ended up not. Now of course I wish I had. They’re fun just because people have no idea what they are when you give them to them, lol. ~ karen

  8. Tigersmom says:

    Have you ever tried a radish dragged through butter and then salt? (this coming from someone who can turn a 90 calorie baked potato into a 2000 calories fat fest with her choices of toppings). It’s pretty yummy and may be a good way to tone down the heat when necessary.

    Your photographs are lovely. But so is your grammar and spelling and correct usage of words like – then and than, and your and you’re, and their and there. Nothing makes me suspect and discount information more than the misuse these words. Of course, I seem to be forgetting how to properly use commas these days, but I’m not writing a blog or I would look it up.

  9. Suzanne @ Le Farm says:

    I found a cool way to keep radishes…I dehydrate thin slices in the oven and they can be stored as a snack or for salad toppers. They are DELICIOUS! Try it! You’ll grow them just for that!
    …And for the olive juice? Smart Betty must know the trick to stopping leg cramps. Take a swig of pickle or olive juice and you’re cured…cross my heart, works like a charm!

  10. Farquist says:

    Not a radish fan. As a true Canadian, I should apologize, but as I am feeling feisty today, no apology will be forthcoming.
    Not sure how I feel about Toronto. Tired of it being all “hey, look at me” all the time. Always on about the Mayor, the Leafs, the Blue Jays, the Argos, the traffic, being able to get any consumer good whenever you want. But, I do love to visit. I do love to shop. We have been to the Hockey Hall of Fame a few times. My kids had a blast. I’m over the CN Tower, but if you’ve never been, it could be interesting. Definitely expensive.

  11. Liesl Joubert says:

    Okay, has anyone tried this little baby?
    http://www.saltnews.com/heating-using-cleaning-storing-your-himalayan-salt-block/

    I would love to know how to do this (hint-nudge-wink). Karen, wouldya? couldya? willya?

  12. Debara Cochrane says:

    I eat radishes every day, just as a snack. I’m no longer allowed to dip them in salt for health reasons. I just wash, trim and store the radishes in a plastic bowl with a snap-on lid. I line it with paper towel to keep the radishes dry. They will keep for a month like that. This year I’m going to try growing radishes in a window box for year round harvests. I’ll let you know how that goes.

  13. Dagmar says:

    I think your radishes look like sunshine in the belly. They bring back memories of the fresh bread and mayo sandwiches my mom gave us as kids, topped off with slices of radishes and lettuce leaves from the garden. Yummy, yummy. By the way, what do you do with the radish leaves, are they human-edible? Or do the chickens get them, or is it just compost. My bunny would go crazy for them.

  14. Barbie says:

    Your radishes are beautiful! I love all the pictures of them. I love to photograph my veggies! We grow beautiful perfect “looking” radishes but they are completely inedible! We stopped planting them because they were terrible tasting! WAY to HOT!!!!! I actually ended up copping them and sauteing them like onions so as not to waste them completely!
    So now I am wondering if it was because they grew in the heat!! We could never figure out why they were so HOT….inedibly HOT…even for a hot radish lover!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Barbie – Different radishes have different heats as well. Try growing French Breakfast Radishes. They’re mild but still very radishy. And the purple ones here that I grew were good. ~ karen!

  15. Jennifer says:

    I’ve never tried radishes dipped in salt, but I will the next time I come across one!

    Totally off-subject: Thanks to everyone’s recommendations, I am now hooked on Orphan Black. I was a skeptic before I saw the first episode but now am a true devotee. I now have the burning desire to go watch the last episode of Season One, even though I have to get up in 6 hours.

  16. Kate says:

    Beautiful pictures and entertaining post, as usual! I have a question about the radish greens. I can’t grow anything so we subscribe to a CSA. Part of the past few deliveries has been radishes with greens attached. It seems a shame to not eat them but they didn’t taste goood raw. Any suggestions on how to cook. Are we even supposed to eat them? Thanks!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kate – I’m sure someone, somewhere eats radish greens, but I’m not one of them. My chickens aren’t even particularly fond of them, lol. ~ karen!

      • Kate says:

        Thanks Karen! If your chickens won’t eat them either then I don’t feel bad for tossing them!

  17. Cynthia Jones says:

    I must say you have beautiful radishes. Creepy sounding! Dipping in salt is the best. Maldon sea salt is yum. Dipping an apple into salt is also yum.

    On another note, I got my dog a himalyan salt lick and my husband and I spent quite a while demonstrating how to use it. Wish I had a photo of that. Said salt lick was banished to the bin eventually as they gather moisture from the air and then drip the moisture and salt onto the floor.

    Get one for Betty for Mothers Day or Christmas anyway at your local horse feed store. Comes already hung on a nice piece of rope.

    I had a very weird cousin who used to eat radishes dipped in salt and taught me to do so. He later became a necrophiliac and worked in a mortuary. True story.

    • Amber says:

      My mum makes a radish and chicken salad. I’ve always loved it. Now I’m not sure how to separate the radish from the necrophilia… Cynthia, I will think of you every time I eat a radish. That’s not actually a compliment.

  18. Louise says:

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL photography! I’ve never been a radish fan, but I want some now – even just to display!
    You are so multi-talented!

  19. Call Me Patty says:

    I grew French Breakfast Radishes and they are so pretty. They’re oblong, red with pure white tips. And they have a great flavour, mild and crisp. I’m just about ready to eat the 3rd harvest.

  20. Karin says:

    I already did harvest radishes twice here in stuttgart/Germany.
    Ok, the first ones were pregrown plants from a greenhouse…
    Now my sister Inki started to be in the radish – and ” growing my own vegetable in all kind of boxes “fever
    Good morning, Inki ;)
    The radish seeds are already in the mail! Hurry and collect some wooden fruit boxes!!

  21. Deb says:

    I’m going to Toronto next month. Besides not growing radishes, what should I do while I am there? I’ve never been to Canada before. I realize this is off topic, but you’re the only Canadian I know.

    • Karen says:

      Hmm. Well, take the bus tour. I learned all kinds of stuff about Toronto by taking that! More people who live in Toronto should do it! You could go to a Blue Jays game, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the new Aquarium, shop on Queen Street West and East (funky, fun, original artists), shop in Yorkville (high end … Prada, Tiffany’s that sort of thing), Kensington market … I’ll keep thinking. I’m probably missing the most obvious things. Other people will chime in I’m sure. ~ karen!

      • Jody says:

        But wait there’s more…Toronto Eaton’s Centre, Centre Island, Yonge Dundas Square just to people watch, Old Fort York if you like history, the Waterfront, ROM, Hockey Hall of Fame. Get out of Toronto and head down the Niagara Pennusila to many wineries.

      • Patti says:

        This is just brilliant! My sister’s friend is coming to visit from Belgium and she’s never been to Canada before! Unfortunately, my sister has to work for the first 5 days of her visit, so she’s going to be flying solo, and KW doesn’t offer much for tourists without a car, really. So this is brilliant and I’m going to suggest this to her!

        Neat!

  22. Mary says:

    Mine are still tiny in Minnesota! No fair!

  23. Jessica says:

    Do you have any watermelon radishes in the mix? They are pretty, and tasty!
    Jess

  24. Laura says:

    The only issue with eating them from the garden is hurting your tooth when you bite into a tiny little stone. Wash them, then eat them.

  25. ruth says:

    Pretty radishes. You don’t ever have trouble with little worms in them?

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