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Sep 20, 2009 07:55 PM

Radish greens -- do you eat them?

Hi -- got a nice bunch of red radishes at the farmer's market the other day, and I just wondered if the tops are considered edible, and if so, how do you cook them? Or you you treat them as a salad green?


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  1. Yep. Definately. I most often sautee them in olive oil with garlic but here's lots of ideas on the home cooking board

    One year I got into all diferent uses for radishes and the greens

    1. Radish green and potato soup is fantastic. The recipe in the other thread doesn't look very good to me; I make mine more simply: radish greens sauteed in a little butter, then add cubed potato, salt and water, simmer for a half hour, puree, and season with pepper, a little nutmeg, and a spoon or two of crème fraîche.

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      1. re: tmso

        The Flexitarian Table was a Cookbook of the Month several months ago. It has a wonderful braised radish and greens dish that I'll paraphrase here. I'd never thought of cooking radishes and this was a great discovery.

        1 large or 2 small bunches of radishes (about 2 lbs. - This seems like much more than 1 or 2 bunches in my market)

        3 Tbsp unsalted butter

        1 tsp brown sugar

        Sea or kosher salt

        2/3 cup water

        1 Tbsp white wine vinegar

        Freshly ground black pepper and freshly grated nutmeg.

        Cut leaves from radishes, leaving about a 1/2 inch of greens on the radishes.

        Wash greens, chop coarsely.

        In a small skillet with a lid melt the butter, brwn sugar and 1/2 tsp salt over medium heat, then add the water and radishes and bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer until radishes are cooked (can be pierced with little pressure with a knife but not mushy) This should take about 3 minutes.

        Spread the greens over the radishes and bring the liquid to a boil (raise heat of burner for this). Reduce to med low heat, cover the pan and simmer gently until greens are "emerald color" and tender. This takes about 5 minutes. Press as much liquid as possible from the greens before taking them out of the pan. Transfer both greens and radishes to a bowl.

        Add vinegar, pepper and a small amt. of nutmeg to the pan liquid and boil (uncovered) until it becomes syrupy. 2 minutes or so. taste and add more salt and sugar if it needs it. Put the radishes and greens back into the pan and stir to coat all with the sauce - without mashing them. Serve.

        This is really good.

        1. re: tmso

          yup. I tried what was suggested here and it turned out really good. Chopped potatoes with the radish greens and sauteed in butter, apple vinegar, and oregano. Added some soup mix, a hint of cream and queso fresco with a dash of salt and some soy sauce. I wanted a little more flavor than what I had and added a bit of chicken soup mix and pureed the soup to a creamy finish for the most delectable soup ever!

          Who knew radish tops were so peppery and good when added to potatoes?

        2. You can treat them exactly as you would other tougher braising greens. The final taste is like beet or turnip greens. Of course, they are generally not a huge amount so if I buy radishes with tops I make a point of buying other greens and add the tops when braising the larger bunch of greens.

          1. I wondered this same thing earlier this year because I adore radishes (raw) and hated getting rid of those greens but didn't know what, if anything, to do with them. Then I found this recipe on epicurious; in the comments plenty of people substituted radish greens for the watercress. So, I tried it and now I don't even eat raw radishes as much as I used to because they were so good cooked with the greens!


            1. Very edible but wash them well.. get that grit out