Les petits radishes from the garden

Have I mentioned before that I was a lucky girl? I’ve got a man who not only is a good cook and cures his own olives, but who also loves gardening and grows his own produce!

So far we’ve been able to enjoy from our little veggie patch: snow peas, cos lettuce, red coral lettuce, butter lettuce, the sweetest broccoli I have ever tasted AND, last but not least, my beloved radishes. Or, as they are bizarrely called here, French Breakfast Radishes… I have no idea why, I have never eaten or seen anyone eat radishes for breakfast in France (I know we have weird eating habits, but still!).

What I do know is that I have never been able to find them in Australia. The ones I first bought, the big round dark ones, tasted very strong and bitter: nothing like the mild sweet little radishes I grew up with! The seeds are quite easy to find though, so I asked M. to plant some in our garden/polystyrene boxes.

They are really easy to grow (not to take any credit away from M.’s gardening skills!).  It takes around 3-4 weeks for the these little beauties to reach maturity and pop out of the ground: pretty fast!

Once they are ready to harvest, the best way to enjoy the “petits radis” is also the simplest: raw, with butter and salt, to let their crunchiness and their sweet and refreshing taste shine.

Cut the radis halfway through its length and put a bit of butter in the incision. Dip the radish slightly in the salt so that a few flakes stick on the butter, that’s it!
Perfect as an entrée, a snack or at “apéro” time!

And you guys, are you growing delicious things in your backyard or on your balcony? How rewarding is it?!

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14 responses to “Les petits radishes from the garden

  1. They sound delicious. I have only had the normal run of the mill radish that you find at the grocery store. I think you have inspired me to plant some of those cuties. My herb garden is very rewarding and I don’t think I could exist with out my rosemary.

  2. They look really great ! Bravo à M, he is a very good gardener, I have never been able to grow such nice ones ! Leave a little bit of the stem, it makes easier to pick and dip them in the salt ! Bon app !

  3. Ah! Cutest things ever!! You really are one lucky girl :D I hope they tasted fab!

  4. Superbes! moi à part de la menthe ds une jardinière, j’arrive pas à faire pousser autre chose. alors de superbes radis roses croquants, mmmmmmmmmmmmmmhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

  5. salut
    au nom de tous les non – bilingues (suis je la seule?) je réclame au et fort la traduction. Bon évidemment je m’en suis sorti, j’ai compris, mais peut être n’ai je pas cerné certaines touches d’humour, de bons mots…
    bon en tout cas tres beaux ces radis en plus il est arrivé à faire un dégradé de taille, ça doit pas être facile
    pleins de bises

  6. Yum! Looks amazing. Anyway, just stumbled on this amazing blog of yours. Off to go explore some more :) Paris in Pink

  7. I wish I could grow stuff in my backyard. But not only is this a rental, but this is a rental with no lawn to speak of. Envious!

  8. Wouldn’t you think M’s maman would have taught him how to present the radishes properly!

  9. Oh these radishes look so lovely! I don’t have anything edible in my balcony garden at the momet.. I might have to do some herb planting once we start getting some (proper) warm weather!

    PS- lovely to meet you yesterday at the picnic! Keep in touch x

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