Do you know what radish seeds taste like? Far, from it. Those big, pointy little green pod-like seeds are in fact a final hurrah from your radicchio plant, a healthy harvest worth the time since the pods are so wonderfully sweet. You read that correctly: you too can eat radish seeds. But what do radish seeds taste like? To find out, dig in.
Rich and hearty, these seeds are known as "the enemy of breads" because they don't keep very long. They must be used quickly or they lose their nutty flavor and crisp texture. And just when you thought they were gone for good, guess what happens? The wonderful flavor of radish seeds is restored by blending them with carrot juice, orange juice, apple juice or lime juice.
In other words, to bring out the best in the harvest, you must make sure that the radishes used in your recipes have been prepared using the fresh seeds. While it is certainly possible to grow radishes from seed in a garden, this is not a pleasant experience; and even if you can successfully grow them outdoors, you won't taste their full flavor until they are cured. In order to preserve the seed's texture, cooking protects it.
The most common way to preserve seeds and the flavor associated with them are to dry them in the air. This can be done using a small amount of water in a saucepan over medium heat. Never place radish seeds directly into the cooking process; instead, use them right after they have been harvested. For example, if you plant radishes and use them that day, place them into a glass of water in the evening. Drying the seeds will take some time, but you'll get a delicious, soft seed pod with a rich flavor.
In addition to preserving the quality and flavor of your radish seeds, it's also a great way to keep your harvest safe and healthy. Radish plants don't travel very far from their seeds. But seeds left to sit in the ground, especially for extended periods of time, can attract harmful insects that can harm your plants and even kill them. That's why it's important to hand-pick your plants. If you grow your crops in soil that's not suitably healthy for your plants, you could cause serious problems for them. The safest way to protect your plants is to dry them immediately after they're harvested, using radish seed pods or other methods.
The seeds from your harvest will stay fresh for up to a year. But if you store them away from other varieties of vegetables, you risk losing most of the nutritional value they have. If you want to preserve the value and flavor of your radish seeds for later, store them in a refrigerator. You can store them in a plastic container lined with cheesecloth or a paper towel inside a dark cupboard, but don't let the paper become too moist. It will become moldy.
The seeds should be placed in a sealed plastic bag inside a clear plastic container. Store the bags in a cool, dark place such as a pantry or a basement. When the seeds are ready to be used, just remove the bags from their containers and put them into the vegetable crispers. This will ensure that your plants and their produce stay fresh for long.
Radish varieties grown at home also make interesting and tasty snacks and desserts. A quick search on the internet will reveal plenty of delicious ways to use your radishes and radish seeds. You may find it difficult to believe that these little vegetables have so many useful uses, but you'll be surprised. They are a great way to save money on grocery bills and to add variety to your meals.