Too Many Radishes

by Cynthia

Every year I do this. You would think I would have learned by now. Every year I plant way too many radishes all at once. I have read time and time again that you should plant one row every two weeks or so. That way you will gradually have them coming on and being ready to eat. But have I ever done this. No of course not.

For some reason every year I plant radishes (and why when I don’t even like them that much). And I always plant several small rows of them. Never have I staggered the plantings. I will end up sowing about the whole packet of seeds all at once. And that leaves me faced with the problem I am running into right now: too many radishes.

I don’t care too much for radishes but I do like the French breakfast variety. I personally really like the flavor of that radish. Generally the flavor seems a little milder compared to the typical radish but last night we had some that knocked our socks off. Very hot and cleared the sinuses!

I harvested even more radishes this morning for us to eat with lunch and dinner. I am trying to think of some creative ways of using this radish overload up while not making the family completely sick of them. (I think my nine year old might already be though.) Tonight I am going to try to make a bean dip using the radishes. I’m going to put some cooked navy beans, garlic, salt and pepper, and chopped radishes into a food processor and puree it all while adding some extra virgin olive oil. I might also add some fresh herbs such as oregano or winter savory. I like making bean dips to spread on hearty crackers and this idea sounds like it might be good. We shall see after I make it!

While on the subject of radishes, my nine year old planted some watermelon radishes in his little patch of the garden. There is something bizarre going on with those radishes though. The tops are beautifully healthy, a really deep green and lush but when you pull some up there is nothing there! No radish forming, just a long root that looks like a tap root. I can’t figure out why they are doing this. They are not growing too close together as we thinned them a while back. All of them are like this too not just a select few.

He is really disappointed as they are some neat looking radishes. They are supposed to be white on the outside and red on the inside, kind of like they are inside out! We still have some seed left of this type of radish so maybe we can try again in the fall garden.

Thankfully my rabbits like to eat the tops of radishes since we have so many now!

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Mrs. Greenhands July 16, 2008 at 2:40 pm

Radishes are one of those veggies I always have an abundance of – kinda like zucchini! I’m not patient enough to stagger my plantings, so mine are always ready at the same time, too. And I don’t like radishes (I plant them for my hubby and daughter)!


Cindy July 16, 2008 at 3:21 pm

Mrs. Greenhands- I was thinking as I wrote this post that the radishes are kind of like zucchini here at my house!


Racquel July 16, 2008 at 4:49 pm

I’m not crazy about radishes either. I did the same thing one year though, lol. My problem this year is I thought I planted a cucumber plant and it turns out to be a yellow summer squash. I like squash but I really wanted a cucumber. :( I hope your family doesn’t get sick of radishes. :)


Nancy Bond July 16, 2008 at 6:29 pm

I actually love radish in salads. :) I hope something comes of those watermelon radish that your son planted because I’d love to see them when they mature. Very unique!


Cindy July 16, 2008 at 9:17 pm

Racquel- I’m wishing I had planted a cucumber and a yellow squash this year. I told myself I’d pass on them this year but now I wish I hadn’t! :-(

Nancy- I’m hoping if I try again when the weather cools down we might have some better luck with the watermelon radish. My son was so bummed to see them not growing like the picture on the seed pack shows. He picked those out himself and was very excited about them. We will try again though with the seed we have left, so fingers crossed!


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