A Guide To Radishes

This guide to radishes has all the information you need to know about spring radishes including a bunch of radish recipes to try out yourself!

I’m starting to think this spring vegetable series is jinxing spring from actually coming. A week into March and it still feels like January over here.

At this rate, the leaves on the trees might come out in June. Thankfully, we’re going to Florida in 3 weeks so I can forget about the misery that is NY this time of year for a good 6 days.

Let’s dive into radishes with this week’s guide!

This guide to radishes has all the information you need to know about spring radishes including a bunch of radish recipes to try out yourself!

A Spring Guide To Radishes

I think radishes are a pretty under-appreciated vegetable. Many people think of them as sliced on top of a salad and that’s all they’re good for. Not the case as you can see from the recipes below.

Here’s the scoop on these spring time root veggies.

Radish Peak Season: 

Radishes are in season from March through June.

Radish Varieties: 

There are a TON of varieties of radishes but the most commonly seen one is the Cherry Belle with it’s red round bulb and white interior.

What To Look For In A Fresh Radish:

The bulbs should be firm, not wrinkled or soft. Look for bunches with the leaves still attached as the greens are edible!

How To Store Radishes:

Radishes will keep at room temperature for a few days. If refrigerated, they’ll usually last up to a month.

How To Prepare Radishes:

The obvious and most common use is eating them raw after a quick wash.

However, roasting them is my absolute favorite. They become almost potato-like and that very distinctive peppery bite diminishes quite a bit.

Pickling is another option as well. And if you love pickled things don’t miss these pickled balsamic shiitake mushrooms, spicy pickled pineapple, pickled blueberries or how to make homemade pickles and how to ferment vegetables <– a pickled lovers dream!

The radish greens can be treated like any other leafy green and used in a quick sauté to take full advantage of the plant. Much like carrot greens in this candied carrots recipe.

Nutritional Benefits of Radishes:

Radishes have a ton of ascorbic acid, folic acid, potassium and a good dose of vitamin B6.

Radish Recipes from Running to the Kitchen:

Crispy oven roasted radishes with rosemary and honey make a great spring side dish.

Oven Roasted Radishes with Rosemary & Honey – oven roasted radishes with rosemary and honey are a simple way to prepare radishes and mellow out their intense flavor. A great spring side dish!

Spring pea and radish risotto is the ultimate spring comfort food dish.

Spring Pea and Radish Risotto – Citrus infused creamy arborio rice is tossed with fresh spring peas and Meyer lemon dijon roasted radishes. Topped with crumbly bacon and freshly grated parmesan, this is pea and radish risotto is spring comfort food at its best!

Peach and radish salad with crispy prosciutto and toasted hazelnuts

Peach and Radish Salad with Crispy Prosciutto – This peach and radish salad is topped with crispy prosciutto and toasted hazelnuts. It’s sweet and peppery with lots of fun texture in each bite.

More Radish Recipes:

Blue Corn Blini with Avocado Salad and Fried Radishes – What Jew Wanna Eat
Spring Radish Tart – Noble Pig
Roasted Root Vegetable Fajitas – With Food + Love
Pickled Radishes with Carrots and Green Garlic – Healthy Green Kitchen
Watermelon Radish Carpaccio – Gourmande in the Kitchen
Easy Red Radish Kimchi – Jeanette’s Healthy Living
Roasted Black Radish and Grape Quinoa Salad – Brooklyn Supper
Apple Radish Slaw with Honey Lime Jalapeno Vinaigrette – The Lemon Bowl
Warm Mexican Chopped Salad – Bran Appetit

More Spring Vegetable Guides:

A Guide to Asparagus
A Guide To Peas
A Guide To Leeks
A Guide To Artichokes

13 Comments

  1. Sherrie | With Food + Love

    I really do LOVE radishes, especially when roasted. I feel like they’re soooo underrated.
    This series awesome Gina, looking forward to all the veggie love. And thanks for sharing my Roasted Radishes with Fresh Chives + Roasted Root Vegetable Fajitas!

    XO SHERRIE

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  2. Tess @ Tips on Healthy Living

    Yes, I can’t help feeling the same way. I feel like spring is never going to hit New York (though, it’s supposed to be in the 50s and 60s next week, yay!)

    Anyway, this post was really helpful! I will have to take it with me the next time I go to the farmer’s market.

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  4. denisse @ Le Petit Chef

    Ooooh, I have some radishes in the fridge right now, I used a couple as a topping for some flank steak tacos and was wondering what to do with the rest. I have never thought to roast them, I’m definitely doing to give it a try! Thanks!

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