They're pretty, (often) pink and always there to add a delicious crunch to whatever you're eating. But what if you're bored of the same old preparation of the humble radish? Here are some tasty ideas for serving up these beautiful springtime treats.
In this era of ‘nose to tail’ cooking, consider eating the radish tops as well. The grassy, bitter leaves are great in a salad, whipped up into a pesto or blended through a green soup for a peppery finish. James Ramsden makes the most of every part of the radish in his recipe, pairing beautiful roasted radishes with their leaves, whipped feta and brown butter leeks.
Although cucumber sandwiches may hold the crown of being the most iconic British summertime sandwich, radishes shouldn't be ignored for adding a cool crunch to your favourite snack. Helen Graves serves finely sliced radish with an anchovy butter for a refreshing, punchy lunch that packs visual appeal.
It's easy to forget how good roasted radishes are, simply tossed in olive oil, scattered in sea salt then roasted in a hot oven. Drizzle with honey five minutes before taking out of the oven for a delicious twist. Sweet and juicy but still with bite, roasted radishes are great in salads, for topping risotto or served up as a side with a dollop of radish top pesto and some Greek yoghurt.