I’ve confessed before that despite growing them in my garden, I am not really a big fan of raw radishes. I find them passable when slathered with butter, and eat them in salads only when there’s a sweet element or two to balance their “bite” (like here).

Recently, I discovered that radishes are quite excellent when they’re cooked ever so briefly. I’ve been stir-frying them with greens, and can easily down a giant plateful. I also discovered the joy of pickled radishes. Good thing radishes are so easy to grow…I need to plant lots more to feed my new radish addiction.

Marisa linked to a pickled radish recipe from Eugenia Bone on her facebook page not long ago. I was intrigued and made a batch right away, tweaking the recipe just a bit. I didn’t have quite enough radishes so added some sliced carrots, plus I wanted to use some of the green garlic I have in my garden right now. The result was so delicious, I ate up the contents of the jar in one day.

For my next batch, I added a sliced jalapeno pepper. The jar is hanging out in my fridge right now and I can’t wait to dig in…I think the heat of the chile will be fabulous in what is otherwise a fairly sweet condiment.

These are terrific spooned over ricotta cheese on a piece of “serious” whole-grain (or your favorite gluten-free) toast. I also love them with fried eggs in a warm corn tortilla.

Refrigerator Pickled Radishes

adapted from Eugenia Bone

Ingredients:

*3/4 cup very clean and thinly sliced radishes (mine were fresh from the garden, and fairly petite)
*1/4 cup, plus a little more if needed to fill the jar, very clean and thinly sliced (disc-shape) carrots, peeled if not organic
*1 clove of green garlic (or regular garlic), peeled and sliced
*1/2-1 jalapeno pepper (or other hot chile pepper, fresh or dried), sliced- optional
*1/2 cup brown rice vinegar
*1/2 cup organic sugar
*1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:

1. Place the vinegar, sugar and salt in a small pot and heat to boiling. Stir so the sugar dissolves. Add the radishes, carrot, and garlic, and optional chile pepper, then remove from heat.

2. Pack into a sterilized half pint jar (you may have extra liquid- Eugenia Bone recommends using it as salad dressing). Place on the countertop overnight, then refrigerate. These are delicious right away, but their flavor will develop over time. Eat within a week or two.

These pickled radishes are my entry for this week’s edition of Weekend Herb Blogging. I am this week’s host, and if you are interested in participating, you can find more information here.

Please send your entries to winnie AT healthygreenkitchen DOT com
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I will post the round-up on Monday 6/20/11.