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Raddish tops?

cresyd Dec 27, 2012 12:34 AM

In my most recent trip to the market, the raddishes I got came with their tops. Are raddish tops used in a similar fashion to beet greens? Are there recommendations for the best way to use these?

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  1. jmcarthur8 RE: cresyd Dec 27, 2012 01:31 AM

    You can use them in a mixed green salad with other, less bitter lettuces or leafy greens.

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      cresyd RE: jmcarthur8 Dec 27, 2012 01:44 AM

      Are they best used raw? While these don't look so bad I'd just toss them, they're not as attractive looking as a green I'd want to eat raw.

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        jmcarthur8 RE: cresyd Dec 27, 2012 01:54 AM

        I haven't tried cooking radish greens, but if they don't look great, it's worth a try. I cooked up some kohlrabi greens a few weeks ago that were past their prime, and they were pretty good.

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          sunshine842 RE: cresyd Dec 27, 2012 02:09 AM

          try tossing them with a little water and pitching them in the fridge - they might perk up a bit.

      2. sunshine842 RE: cresyd Dec 27, 2012 01:41 AM

        a friend of mine loves them in stir fries, too.

        1. coll RE: cresyd Dec 27, 2012 02:16 AM

          I love radish greens, they are a bit spicy. If I don't use them right away, I chop and freeze, to add to future stews and soups. I do like to eat them cooked and mixed into something else.

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            magiesmom RE: coll Dec 27, 2012 12:33 PM

            me too. I love them.

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            mike0989 RE: cresyd Dec 27, 2012 08:11 AM

            They tend to go pretty quick if you don't get them off the raddish soon after getting them home.

            I use them raw in salads. Quite peppery like the rest of the plant.

            1. saltwater RE: cresyd Dec 27, 2012 11:56 AM

              Since they are often ratty looking, I always use them in soup. They are excellent that way. I use butter, leeks, radish tops, potatoes, and water, cook, add milk, season. Basically they are put into a simple potato soup.

              Clean them well first, they're gritty.

              Oh, and puree that soup.

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                jmcarthur8 RE: saltwater Dec 27, 2012 08:28 PM

                I've got ham broth, potatoes, leeks and some beautiful radishes ready to pick in the garden. Thanks for the idea of potato soup!
                Had some of the radish greens tonight in our salad (with the leaf lettuces from our garden, too! One benefit of living in the southern states).

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                  saltwater RE: jmcarthur8 Dec 28, 2012 08:52 AM

                  Indeed, growing things at this time of year is a real plus. Enjoy your soup! Now I'm wishing I had some radish tops.

              2. iL Divo RE: cresyd Dec 27, 2012 12:44 PM

                o the things I learn, who knew

                1. ChefJune RE: cresyd Dec 27, 2012 12:45 PM

                  I've sauteed them a number of times. they're tasty with some garlic and onions...

                  1. KarenDW RE: cresyd Dec 27, 2012 08:43 PM

                    More similar to turnip greens than beet, especially in flavor. I like to sautee with butter or oil and lots of garlic; and maybe chilies.

                    1. TroyTempest RE: cresyd Dec 28, 2012 08:56 AM

                      wash them good. they are dirty

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