Radish Pods

Among the benefits of visiting a farmers market for your shopping each week is the ever changing selection of unique produce that is available. Radish pods are now in season. All radish plants form edible seed pods. When they are harvested while they are young, they become a bonus crop even when the roots are no longer edible. Radish pods taste just like the radishes they spawn from, but more concentrated in flavor. They’re spicy, crunchy, full of snacky goodness, and you can use them anywhere you’d normally use radishes. Eat them on their own, toss them into a salad or stir-fry, pickle them, or use them as a side dish to a bed of rice and grilled meat. Try chopping them up to use like capers in an omelette, or skewer them on a toothpick to garnish a Bloody Mary.

RECIPE: Pickled Radish Seed Pods (Lemon Verbena)

Makes 3- 1/2 pint jars.

Ingredients:

  • About 1/2 pound radish seed pods (you may need more or less, depending on the size of the pods)
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1 tablespoon pickling salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar

To each 1/2 pint jar add:

  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 1 sprig fresh lemon verbena
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • 1 strip lemon peel

Choose tender, crisp, green radish seed pods and pluck them individually from the plant. Avoid spongy, mature pods that have turned brownish and have full-sized seeds inside. They tend to be too difficult to chew. (Save them for replanting!) Wash and dry if necessary.

Sterilize 3- 1/2 pint-sized jars, preferably the type that have a ridge below the neck. Place garlic, lemon verbena, and black peppercorns in each hot jar and then tightly pack in the radish seed pods.

Bring the vinegar, water, salt, and sugar to a boil in a nonreactive pot. Stir to dissolve the salt and sugar.

Pour the hot brine over the radish seed pods, leaving 1/2″ headspace.

Check for air bubbles, wipe the rims clean, and seal. Process in a hot water bath for 10 minutes (adjust for elevation).

 

Recipe: yougrowgril.com
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