My second planting of radishes is coming up now and we're enjoying the crispy treats on and in everything. Of course, they live in salads, but they're also making their way into the oven to be roasted, and leaves saved to make pesto. This year, I planted just these French Breakfast Radishes, which have a little bit of a spicy kick to them that I love. And while all the roasting and pureeing of them is lovely, I really do think my favorite way to eat radishes is raw, fresh from the garden with a bit of whipped butter and sea salt.
It's a bit of a favorite before dinner snack at the moment, on these good and busy summer days when the evening hour catches me by surprise and making dinner far later than we're otherwise used to. It's a snack that's just enough to put a little something in their tummies while waiting for dinner without filling anyone up. And I'm convinced that the careful act of 'making' the snack - buttering the small radish and sprinkling a dash of salt - is just the very thing that the getting-sleepy summertime kids of mine need at that delicate hour in the day. That it slows them down enough to sit at (on) the kitchen table, chatting to Mama while I finish dinner? I think we all like that.
Do you have a favorite way to eat radishes? Do share!