Monday, 28 November 2022

French Radishes

Lots of people seem to know about the little pink round radishes that are a favourite pre-dinner snack with French people. There are piles and piles of them at the markets in the late spring and early autumn, and they are eaten by putting a dab of butter and a sprinkle of salt on them. Personally, I've never taken to them, but all my French friends adore them.

Asian and black radishes, France. Photo by Loire Valley Time Travel.
A pink Asian radish, a daikon and three round black winter radishes, from Les Jardins Vergers de la Petite Rabaudiere.

But what people don't know is that you can get radishes all year round in France, and not just the little pink ones. In the autumn there are Asian radishes like daikon, and in the winter the black radish rules. 

Long black winter radish, France. Photo by Loire Valley Time Travel.
Long black winter radish at Karim's shop in Preuilly.

I like to pickle the Asian ones Vietnamese or Korean style. They are fantastic on salads. I've pickled the little round ones in the past too, and taken them to a classic car outing. My French friends had never had pickled radishes before, but they loved them.

Organic radishes at a farm shop, Indre et Loire, France. Photo by Loire Valley Time Travel.
Small round and oval pink radishes at the organic farm shop at La Petite Rabaudiere.


chm said...

I am one of your French friends and, consequently, I love radis roses?

Susan said...

chm: Correct. Goes with saying :-) ... (I assume you do?) I've genuinely never met a French person who told me they didn't like radishes.

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