if you thought this year’s radishes were big …

November 18, 2011 at 10:18 pm 11 comments

… you should have seen last years!
The height and length of a size 4 mid-calf welly boot.
I took home my German Hilds Blue giant radishes and pondered what to do with them having sampled a slice and finding them to be somewhat fiery.  A horse-radish like condiment perhaps?  After a week though I decided whatever I tried would probably be a huge disappointment (and waste of time) so like this year’s radishes they were resigned to the compost.

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11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Joanna  |  November 19, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    You could have given them to a local Thai restaurant and they could have carved them into a temple! Or maybe turned them into biodegradable wellies ? xxx

    • 2. Nip it in the bud  |  November 19, 2011 at 10:45 pm

      where’s the ‘like’ button :o)
      I shall bear veg carving in mind for next year!

  • 3. peggy  |  November 20, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Yikes those are HUGE! We dont grow any radishes as none of us actually eat them so we dont grow just for the sake of having something in the ground anymore.
    Previous post on green manure, we set winter green manure for the first time this year its all up so looking forward to bumper crops next year!
    I hope all is going well with the pregnancy,pity you did not develope a craving for radishes!!

  • 4. Janet/Plantaliscious  |  November 20, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    They look quite scary…

  • 5. Peter Pearson  |  November 21, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Slice them thinly and eat whilst drinking beer like the germans do

  • 6. Nip it in the bud  |  November 21, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Peggy – I don’t know why I grow them as the same thing happens each year (never in quite such spectacular fashion thought before).

    Sowing green manure is great mentally as it feels like the garden is still being nurtured over the winter months when the gardener is absent!

    Pregnancy going well thanks. Feeling (and looking) large hence saying a sad farewell to the allotment for this year.

    Janet – they could certainly do someone an injury if lobbed in the wrong direction

    Peter – interesting tip to experiment with next summer (when I fall into the inevitable trap of once again sowing radishes I forget to eat). At this present moment it would be a recipe for a heartburn disaster I’m not sure I’d ever recover from!

  • 7. Annette  |  June 5, 2013 at 4:05 am

    I know this is an old post but for future reference, although these do get big, they are ideal picked at 1/3 the size your pic shows, as the bigger they get the hotter and more woody they can get. Here in Austrqalia we pick them smaller and they are a different taste altogether, not too hot. Quite yummy thinly sliced they also make a fantastic lemon radish pickle 🙂

  • 8. Renée Stotz  |  October 17, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Or, you can slice & fry them up in some oil/butter…they then become nice & sweet. Fabulous with a good egg fry up!

    Another recipe that went down well on my retreat last New Year’s was radish & lentil soup. I had a GIANT 2kg radish that basically fed 12 people the most deliciously mild, yet slightly sweet, soup on NY’s Day.

    Just finished harvesting my seeds from my last radish this evening. So glad I did save some seed as this particular radish hasn’t been available in the UK/EU the past year! 😦 At least I’ll have a nice crop next year! 🙂

    • 9. Nip it in the bud  |  October 18, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      hello Renee, always lovely to hear about other people’s gardening successes and interesting recipes with oversized veg! Wow that must have been quite a soup! It’s wonderful growing from saved seeds, especially when rare varieties. Have you heard of the Heritage Seed Library? If you’re a HSL member you can choose 6 packets of heritage seeds a year from their catalogue of over 800 varieties. Happy sowing x

    • 10. John Koen  |  November 10, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      I would love to get your radish and lentil soup recipe (although now I’m going to search the internet as well). I just got a handful of medium-sized blue radishes (slightly lighter blue than above and only about 5 inches long) in my farmer’s CSA box for which I need ideas!

  • 11. Nip it in the bud  |  November 10, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Hi John, nice to see your googling landed you in my little corner of the blogosphere! I’m afraid I have no personal recommendations for your radishes or an email address for Renee re. her soup recipe. She does have a Facebook page here where you could message her for it. All the best and enjoy your veggies :o)


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