Collecting radish seeds can be fun and a good way to cut back on your grocery bill. I grew up in the Midwest where we would eat radishes in any type of salad. They were always my first choice as a side dish or for a snack. In this article, I will tell you what you should know about when and why to gather radish seeds out of your backyard garden, step by step!
When I was growing up, my dad would always get some radish seeds over the summer and store them in a wooden box. We used to go on a trip to the feed store and get some and store them as well. You can grow these seeds just about everywhere, so look around, look for places that you can easily find them. You'll find different varieties of radishes at the grocery stores, farm markets, and markets where organic foods are sold.
Once you have collected your radish seeds, it's time to start growing. This can be done easily at home with a hanging basket or something similar. Just remember to plant radishes in groups, larger plants on top of smaller plants, to give them more shade. Try and plant these types of plants in potting medium, not loose soil. When you transplant the plants to their new location, make sure to follow the directions on the package to avoid the plants being over-watered.
Many people also like to pick their own edible seeds. If you grow your own, remember that there is no freshness at all with radish seeds. It's best to use seeds that come in bags or packets with a date on the label indicating the exact time that they were picked. This way, if you store the seeds, you know when they were picked and the potency of the seed pod varieties will not be compromised.
You can also use the date as a guide when you pick your own edible seed pods. Radish plants, unlike other vegetables, don't have a bitter taste, so the flavor may come from the way the pod is opened. In order to harvest radish seeds and have great tasting food, harvest them right after the last bloom appears in the morning.
There are many recipes out there for using your own edible seed pods to make delectable snacks and meals. You can make noche de huevo (Latino lunch) using radish leaves, chorizo, cheese, salsa, black beans, corn, olives, onions, tomatoes and cilantro. The flavors meld well together, making a delicious snack that your whole family will love. You can even make an elote with radish noche de huevo.
Of course, you can use radishes to make a delicious gourmet vegetable soup. Use fresh radishes in a stock, along with carrots, celery and potatoes; simmer on low heat for about an hour, or until the vegetables are soft. Blend in the garlic and chives, cook the soup until the garlic is translucent, then serve with crackers for a crunchy, healthy bite. Alternatively, use radishes in a pureed puree for a hearty meal that has just the right amount of chew.
Radish seed pods make a great pickled ingredient for sandwiches, grilled foods, salads and other summertime meals. Because of their ability to retain a bit of their bitterness, the seeds in the pods do not hold on to the flavor of whatever they are pickled with. When using fresh, the seeds release their distinct flavor quickly when they are plucked from the vine. Radish juice, pickled radishes and other forms of using the pod as a dressing are quick ways to add a dash of color to your summer menus.