On a recent episode of Iron Chef America – Battle Radish! – it was mentioned that the greens are possibly the best part of this vegetable. We were surprised to hear this; we've always just chucked the tops into the compost! Since then, we've corrected our ways and given the peppery leaves a try.
The flavor likely varies by the age and type of radish, but we've eaten young French breakfast and Easter egg radish greens, both of which were pleasantly pungent and delicious in a salad. Here are a few other recipes and ways to eat radish tops:
• Roasted Radishes with Radish Greens from Food & Wine
• Radish Leaf Pesto from Chocolate & Zucchini
• Rustic Radish Soup from food52
• Mulor Shaak (Radish Greens) from Ahaar
Radish tops don't stay fresh for very long, and it's best separate them from the roots soon after harvesting or bringing them home from the market. Wash and store the leaves like other salad greens and eat them within a day or two.
Do you eat radish greens?
Related: How To Eat a Radish: Tips, Ideas, and Recipes
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