If growing radishes was an olympic sport I’d be a gold medal winner

Ok maybe not gold but I’m sure I’d be on the rostrum!

I love growing radishes, they are so simple and unfussy, no special attention or conditions to grow – just scatter some seeds, cover lightly with a bit of soil, water and wait; they’d grow in a window box or any small patch of soil, I’ve used them as a border or edging plant this year – nice and accessible.

Homegrown radishes pack a real punch, spicy and hot and beat any of the shop bought ones to a taste test. You don’t just have to have them raw they can be cooked in curries, or stir fry’s, stuffed in flatbreads. all totally delicious.

And when you sow too many or have lots ready to pick at the same time you can pickle them.

It’s a win ~win!

I looked up a few recipes online – I wanted quick and easy. But in the back of my mind I remembered seeing a marvellous photo of a jar of pickled radish on Celi’s blog; so between the internet recipes where there was lots of sugar added to the vinegar and the Farmy version we now have a Seasider version.

Simple Seaside Summer Radish Pickle

Place thinly sliced radishes in a jar and cover with rice wine vinegar, add half a red onion thinly sliced, a teaspoon each of peppercorns and coriander seeds, a few coriander leaves, a couple of teeny fresh garlic (YESSS!!!!!), a teaspoon of sugar, and a pinch of sea salt.

These aren’t for storing or keeping over winter, they are for munching on now. They’ll last in the fridge for up to a month, but probably less as we will add them to everything from salads and noodle dishes, to sarnies and snacks with a glass of beer.

And if I find a great recipe for stored radish pickle I could add eating Radishes as a sport for the Winter Olympics!

Do you have a tried and tested recipe or any variations for me?

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76 thoughts on “If growing radishes was an olympic sport I’d be a gold medal winner

    • Oh I forget to sow stuff all the time – last year it was parnsips! But they are such quick growers and with your climate I’m sure you could still sow some – either that or some winter ones…. YUM!

  1. My hubby loves radishes, so I plant them in my little garden every spring. The plant gets big and bushy, but the radish, most anyway, don’t get bigger than my fingernail. What am I doing wrong? Man, he would love yours.

    • Oh no !! Enough water? I know with roots (like beetroot or radish) I do need to water them every now and then? Picking them too soon? Those are the only things I can think of right now. But what a shame! I wonder if anyone else has any bright ideas?

    • We got impatient with this batch and it was 24 hours, but as they are a quick un-cooked type of pickle I don’t think they need to sit for ages. Well that’s my argument anyway, and I’m sticking to it!

  2. Sorry, Claire, I haven’t a recipe and if I did, I probably won’t be adding any coriander leaves. I’m not really much of a fan. Love the idea, though, of pickling some for use in salads or sandwiches. It’s that vinegary crunch that I’m after. :)

    • Coriander is a strange one isn’t it – I know a few people who don’t like the leaves or the dried spice. So distinct. But you coul dleave them out John and I’m sure they would still be good ;)

  3. Those pickles look wonderful! On Saturday I had a salad a restaurant with picked red onions on top, and they were so good, I can’t wait to make some when the onions in the garden get a little bigger. I like the idea of pickling onions and radishes together, so I will have to try your recipe!

    • Hi Carol Anne, thanks for popping in :) Loving the idea of ginger, will be trying that with the next batch, but I haven’t heard of hibiscus salt before……
      Fabulous idea about a seed swap, it’s not like i need any more seeds….. ;)

    • Oh la la la la – so French! It is one of my absolute favourite ways of eating radish – a dab of butter a bit of sea salt and away you go. Do you have them on buttered bread with a bit of salt – if not I’d recommend that too :)

  4. What great looking radishes and yes, you deserve a medal. My parents used to grow radishes and we’d have them in all our salads. They add great crunch and a bit of heat. I love the look of your pickled radishes – they look very good xx

  5. I agree there is nothing like the fresh taste of a hand picked radish fresh from your garden. Your are beautiful. That is exactly why I will need to try your pickled radish recipe with diakon instead. Radishes that are shipped from other parts of the world have absolutely no taste by the time they hit the ports in Hong Kong. Take care, BAM

    • Dailkon is fab isn’t it BAM, I grow a few every year but they are a winter crop for me – they withstand snow and frost and I still get to pick something fresh over winter. And I bet the Daikon would work really well pickled !

  6. Have you ever made radish sandwiches?–they sound strange, but are very good. The key is buying very good bread. Spread with butter, top with sliced radishes, sprinkle on a little salt……yum.

  7. I have yet to acquire a taste for radishes, and seeing as DH doesn’t claim to like the either, they have yet to earn a space in my gardens. That jar looks so lovely though, I may be tempted to grow some just to pickle and give as gifts to my radish-eating-friends!

    • I think they would make lovely presents, but I know what you mean about growing stuff that isn’t popular – there isn’t much point, especially as land and time are so precious!

  8. What a great recipe. Tasty, and pretty! I love the look of the radishes in the jar! I didn’t grow any this year, and I now regret that! It’s probably not too late. It looks like you have several varieties growing, and that’s a nice option, too. I have had some wonderful farm-fresh radishes in my produce box, and for one thing, I noticed how tasty they are. I don’t think of radishes because so many of my experiences are with overpriced store varieties and I don’t really care about them! I’m going to reconsider a little plot of earth that may be perfect for a late sowing! Thanks, Claire! Debra

    • I don’t think it’s too late Debra, they are so quick to grow, and with your lovely climate I bet they would work well. And yes me being me I HAD to grow several varieties, traditional French Breakfast and the white ones are Icicle which is really peppery and then a couple of others whose names allude me right now!

    • I think you would be ok, they are so quick to mature, they do need watering otherwise they can split, but i’m sure it would be worth a try, especially if you love radishes. Happy gardening :)

    • Hi there! Have you tried growing winter radish like the ‘winter black spanish round’ – they do well for me, and although quite different from summer radishes they still pack a punch and are perfect for winter salads

  9. I love radishes and love having them in the garden – they are almost instant gratification! I have never made, or even had them pickled so i think i will just have to give this a go – if I don’t eat them all first!

  10. My father loved radishes! I recall many an afternoon he would have a cold beer and radishes. Yes he would! Your post brought back fine memories!

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