Rat Tail Radish Pods

Rat Tail Radish Pods

Radish Pods are the seed pods of the Radish plants.   I discovered them when I had let a patch of radishes stay in the ground a little long and these huge pants with pretty flowers appeared.

Then the pods made their appearance.  I wouldn’t have  thought much about them except at the time as researching recipes in  a 19th century cookbook and I saw a    reference to Radish Pods.   I wondered if that is what was growing in my garden….This was a fantastic surprise!

Radish Pods have a great radish flavor, but the texture is more like green beans. They are crunchy with a strong radish flavor.    Radish Pods are filled with great nutrition too, rich in ascorbic acid, folic acid, and potassium. They are a good source of vitamin B6, riboflavin, magnesium, copper, and calcium.

So I know you are asking “What do I do with Radish Pods?”    Here’s a few ideas:

  • Eat them raw –  they are great with your favorite chip dip or hummus
  • Chop them and put into salads
  • Puree them to make a sandwich spread. Just threw them into a Vitamix or food processor with some mayo, apple cider vinegar and salt. It would make a great veggie chip dip too
  • Add to an Asian Stir Fry with ginger and garlic
  • Use them in any recipe that you use snap peas

Or in this versatile Asian Salad

  • Millet – about 3 cups cooked
  • 1 lb. ground beef, cooked
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 1.5 to 2 cups radish pods
  • Fresh ginger – about 3 T minced
  • 2-3 T sesame oil
  • 2 T flax seed oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • Fresh lime juice, optional

       This type of salad can be made with many variations:

  • pasta instead of millet
  • add carrots, broccoli, or any vegetable of your choice
  • chicken instead of beef
  • add cilantro or parsley

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