I just Googled how to eat a radish. Seriously. I’ve never eaten one.
I eat an absurd amount of vegetables, so I signed up for Greenling, a local and organic produce delivery service in Austin (and San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston). Every week, a mixed box of of fruits and veggies gets delivered to my front door (And another box of fresh bagels and cream cheese…yum.). I figured that not only would they bring the veggies to me, cutting out one bothersome trip to the grocery every week, but I’d also get to try new fruits and veggies. Stuff I wouldn’t normally pick out at the grocery store.
Well, they delivered, and my box had not one…not two…but THREE vegetables I’ve never eaten before. So I thought it would be fun, once or twice a month, to show you what’s in my Greenling delivery and how I prepared something new. Because clearly there will always be something new.
So, let’s talk about the radishes this week.
After much Googling, I went with the simple choice — radishes on toast with butter and sea salt. Which looked pretty! But tasted radish-y.
Honestly, it tasted like dirt — which is okay, I mean, I love beets — and pepper. Lots of pepper. And very bitter. It tasted like mushrooms smell. Which isn’t completely accurate, because mushrooms don’t smell like pepper nor are they bitter, but it’s the first thing I thought of when I started to chew. The smell of mushrooms.
I’m a self-diagnosed super-taster when it comes to bitter foods, so I think that’s coming into play here. The butter couldn’t even chill out the bitterness for me. This was also the issue with another new-to-me veggie that was in my delivery, mustard greens. I sauteed them in garlic and olive oil and then simmered in chicken broth and sprinkled with parmesan. A delightful combination, yes? I couldn’t even bring myself to swallow it were so bitter.
They say you have to taste a food what? seven times? before you acquire a taste for it. I’m willing to give it another go if anyone has a suggestion for how to prepare, but for now I’m just going to stick with bread and butter.
Do you eat radishes? What’s your favorite way to eat them?
And for the record, my delivery wasn’t all sour grapes. I also received kale, Brussels sprouts, snap peas, oranges, Meyer lemons, and butter lettuce — all of which I happily nibbled like a rabbit.
Psst. This is NOT a sponsored post. But I wouldn’t be offended by a few extra Brussels sprouts in my next Greenling delivery.