Vegetable of the Month: Radishes


One of the grocery stores in our area has a massive produce section. It’s a little overwhelming, but it’s also a lot of fun to explore. Little Hippie and I stopped in to pick up a few items for a Super Bowl party in early February, and we had an interesting conversation:

LH: “Hey – it’s a new year.”

Mom: “What do you mean?”

LH: “We started a new year last week.”

Mom: “You mean a new month?”

LH: “Oh, yeah. A new month.”

Mom: (Pause – hamster running on the wheel in my brain) “Oh! You mean it’s time for a new veggie of the month.”

LH: “Yes! What should we get?” with a little giggle.

Mission accomplished with the Vegetable of the Month project. LH is totally on board. This month, she chose radishes. I think it was in honor of the book that started this idea for us – “Rah! Rah! Radishes!”

We tried two different preparations of radishes during the month of February. The first ┬árecipe came from Food & Wine magazine, which is surprising, since it’s beyond simple. French bread with butter, topped with radish slices. That’s it. It was fine – we all ate it, but it was nothing to write home about.

The second preparation was much more remarkable, but not in a good way. I tried to make radish chips, per several recipes posted online. I sliced the radishes thinly using the mandoline, microwaved them for 1 minute and patted off the excess moisture, then tossed them with salt and olive oil before baking for 30 minutes. I think I sliced them too thinly, so you couldn’t taste the radish. Just the salt.

Probably should have realized the slices were too thin by the fact that the Fiestaware showed right through them . . .

Next time, I will make the slices thicker and use a lighter hand with the salt. That said, though, I don’t see myself making them again anytime soon.

Seriously, these were a disaster.

I’m excited about taking Little Hippie to select our March Vegetable of the Month – stay tuned!

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2 thoughts on “Vegetable of the Month: Radishes

  1. a delicious suggestion: radishes in your burritos/tacos. i have been assured that this is a necessary part of any burrito, and whole-heartedly agree. so good.

    • Radishes? In burritos? This sounds brilliant – we’ll have to give it a try. Thanks for the tip!

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