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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

The Many Edible Stages of a Radish

Here's a recent photo of one of my hanging salad baskets. They look a bit untidy at this stage. I thought about trimming them up, but then decided to leave them as they are so we can get more salad ingredients out of the plants.

When I initially planted the baskets, I seeded the radishes thickly to promote green growth. We've enjoyed radish greens as part of our salad blends. Down in my garden in the yard, I actually planted radishes for the roots. 

Do you know what I love most about radishes? There's never a too-late moment to eat them. You can eat the leaves. You can eat the roots. If you don't dig them, you can allow them to blossom and those tiny flowers are edible, too. If the flowers are left on the plants, they will develop seed pods, which are also edible. And if you leave any seed pods to mature, you can harvest the seeds for replanting more radishes. I just find that so incredible that every phase of the radish's life is useful.

Here are some of the radish flowers. See how tiny they are? The blossoms are pretty floated in a bowl of soup or sprinkled over a salad or cup of hummus. Their flavor is mildly radish, and while pretty, they go best with savory dishes.

I've shown you these before. These are radish seed pods. They're crisp and hot in flavor, like a radish. I use them in salads or for snacking. I've read they can also be pickled.

We'll eat some of the pods, but I'll need fresh radish seeds next season. So, I'll be leaving several pods to ripen and dry for the seed.

Leaves, roots, blossoms, seed pods, and seeds for replanting -- I've been able to use every stage of these radish plants. Now that's frugal!


  1. And radishes are one of the fast growers in the garden--another reason to love them.

    1. That's a definite good reason to love radishes, Live and Learn!

  2. I didn't know you could eat the seed pods and I don't think I've ever seen the flowers. I don't care for radishes themselves but I don't mind the greens.

    1. Hi Kris,
      The flowers are pretty little white and pink blossoms just before the pods develop -- really pretty topping a bowl of soup.

  3. I like radish,you can make a pesto with the leaves. It taste very good.

    1. Hi friend,
      I've read this before but not tried it. Thank you for the reminder. I will give that a try!


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