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Image The radish: Who knew?
By Larry Rettig on November 13, 2012

Having been born into a German-speaking family, I knew at an early age that my last name means “radish.” It wasn’t until recently, though, that I realized that I had never looked into the history of this crisp and spicy root vegetable that also happens to be my namesake. I’ve set about to remedy that.

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ImageZanymuse
Nov 13, 2012 12:47 AM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
I didn't know that your name meant radish, that the seeds are edible or that they are so nutritious. I certainly didn't know they were cultivated so far back in history.

Thanks for an interesting article.
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ImageLaVonne
Nov 13, 2012 3:13 AM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

yes, thank you for a very interesting article. I like radishes raw but never thought to investigate its history or uses.
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ImageMaridell
Nov 13, 2012 11:31 AM CST
Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA
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Hey Larry you got me all excited to try your recipe for radish chips...can't wait to taste them Thumbs up
ImageLarryR
Nov 13, 2012 11:35 AM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Many thanks for your comments, Brenda, LaVonne, and Maridell. Glad you enjoyed the article.

Maridell, please let us know how those chips turn out!
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ImageMaridell
Nov 13, 2012 12:08 PM CST
Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA
enjoy the moment
I plan to make the chips tomorrow...I'll even take a few photos to share.
ImageKyWoods
Nov 13, 2012 1:44 PM CST
Name: Renée
Northern KY
I didn't know you could eat the whole plant. I have a bunch in the fridge right now, so I'll try cooking the greens. Thanks, Larry!
ImageLarryR
Nov 13, 2012 3:25 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
I tip my hat to you. Please let us know how the greens turned out, Renée!
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Imagevic
Nov 14, 2012 12:01 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I love radishes and this was a wonderful article Larry - thank you!

The radish chips sound wonderful and I've watched shows on Food Network that say to saute them in butter which sounds yummy too!

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Nov 14, 2012 12:58 PM CST
Name: Margaret
BC, Can.
Very good article on the radish Larry, not a big fan of them, but I enjoyed reading about their history. I tip my hat to you.
ImageMaridell
Nov 14, 2012 7:03 PM CST
Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA
enjoy the moment
I am back to report on the radish chips...unfortunately I could not get them to crisp! Maybe the parchment paper was the most important thing in this recipe because I have none and tried to bake them without. Maybe my slices were too thick, maybe too much oil...sigh...
ImageKyWoods
Nov 14, 2012 8:10 PM CST
Name: Renée
Northern KY
Oh, no, sorry to hear that!
I haven't cooked the greens yet. Hopefully I get to do that tomorrow.
ImageNEILMUIR1
Nov 15, 2012 1:41 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Larry, the radish has as far as we are aware been grown in the UK since the Roman invasion of some of the UK in 43 AD. This of course along with many other things that were brought over.
We cannot classify a house as old, until it is a class 1 listed building, which is before the 1700's. The oldest house that is still habitable is 800 AD. So therefore we do not know when they were introduced into estate gardens, or indeed house gardens, as there is no records of all of them. I have looked at the Historic Royal Palaces Recipes and it is confusing as some of it is in Olde English, which takes some time to work out!
We know the Romans had them and they did come from China, how I do not know.
But we get wild parsnips, and nobody knows where they came from either.
Great Article, and a pleasure to read.
Regards from England.
Neil.
ImageSharon
Nov 16, 2012 12:10 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I really don't like radishes, but this is a very nice article, Larry.
I keep looking for the thumbs up button. *Blush*
ImageLaVonne
Nov 16, 2012 7:00 AM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

Thumbs up Thumbs up you mean that one..Sharon?
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ImageSharon
Nov 16, 2012 9:11 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Nope. I mean the green ones we give on ATP; they accumulate.
ImageKyWoods
Nov 17, 2012 4:34 PM CST
Name: Renée
Northern KY
Darn, I was too late to cook my radish greens--they got mushy. But those are the spiciest radishes I've ever tasted! Good thing I like hot stuff!
ImageLarryR
Nov 20, 2012 10:43 AM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Thanks, all, for your kind words.

Sorry about the radish chips, Maridell. Sad My wife makes potato chips in the microwave. You might try nuking the radishes a second time, once you've coated them with olive oil and seasonings.

If you try again with the greens, Renée, please let us know how they turn out.

Neil, I once took a course in Old English and have a degree in German linguistics. If you get stuck on a word or phrase, I'd be happy to give it a shot.

Sharon wrote:I really don't like radishes, but this is a very nice article, Larry.
I keep looking for the thumbs up button. *Blush*

Me, too, Sharon. Smiling
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ImageZanymuse
Jan 8, 2013 12:32 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
meredeth11
Wuhan,China
posted this on her cubit. I thought...wow, what a cute way to introduce a radish to children!
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ImageKyWoods
Jan 9, 2013 8:52 AM CST
Name: Renée
Northern KY
Wow! I sooo wanna make those--the eggs, too. I asked her for instructions. Thanks for leading us there, Zany!
Imagevic
Jan 9, 2013 10:53 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Very cool Zany - thank you for the link Thumbs up

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