This is the perfect time of year to sow some radish seeds. "Cherry Belle" is a variety recommended by OSU. Cherry red skin with snow white interior, Cherry Bell is a sweet, crisp radish with a high yield. Plant some seeds now and in a mere 22 days you will be harvesting cheery Cherry Belle's! We asked fellow Multnomah County Master Gardener and professional chef Greg Sweeting for some inspiration for a harvest of radishes.
From Greg here is a simple, ravishing recipe for your next crop of radishes. Greg says "it's like a cross between guacamole and radish salsa". We just know it's refreshingly delicious! Shall we say ravishing?!
Ravishing Radish Spread
2 medium ripe avocados, diced
6 medium RADISHES, sliced into 1/4" wedges
1 medium cucumber, peeled and diced
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
1/3 of a roasted bell pepper, small dice
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 large lime, juiced
Extra Virgin Olive Oil to taste
sea salt to taste
cayenne pepper to taste
We have enjoyed this spread dipped with tortilla chips, spread on toast, crackers, and rolled up in a corn tortilla. We will try mini lettuce wraps next! Or how about in fish tacos or along side pork tenderloin? Yum!!!
If you want more inspiration on how to utilize your harvest come to the Incredible Edibles Plant Sale, Saturday, April 30th, 10am to 4pm (1624 NE Hancock St.) there you will find chef Greg presenting at 10:30am in the Plant. Grow. Eat. tent!
OSU Extension Master Gardener, Greg Sweeting is a 'farm and forest-inspired chef. He has trained in both the Bay area and Europe, and has been a restaurant owner/chef/operator. Currently Greg enjoys a variety of catering and personal chef work paying special attention to growing and using culinary herbs.