Saturday, October 8, 2011

Radishes and Fall Gardens

Here in Alabama, we love our fall garden . . . even when we lived in Michigan, a small fall garden is possible but you will need to plant it in mid to late August.

In Michigan it would be mostly a salad garden but you can also plant hardy and frost resistant vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, etc. Here in Alabama we’ve had good success with green beans, peas, greens of any kind, onions, lettuces (all varieties) radishes, turnips and other root vegetables. This fall, we didn’t plant until September 10th.

Today we harvested radishes. Our red soil here produces sweet, mild radishes, onions and other root crops.

My husband and I both love mild radishes but have you ever eaten the tops instead of throwing them away? When the radishes are young and the tops tender, you can coarsely chop them and add them to a salad.

When they are a little more mature (or not) you can sauté them in a little olive oil with some minced garlic. Add salt and you have a healthy treat on the table. Their flavor is mild and makes a great accompaniment for almost any meal. Try some today and if it’s too late for you to get your fall garden started, save the tops the next time you buy a bunch of radishes at the grocery store and try them in a salad or as a side dish. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment.


  1. Interesting! I didn't put radishes into my fall garden this year, but I will try this in the spring.

    I have fallen in love with greens since moving to the South and I'm always happy to try a new kind. Thanks for the idea!

  2. I dried radishes for the first time this year!! I was given a big bag. Way too much for the two of us to use fresh, I will add them to stews and such this fall. They dried beautifully. Thanks for the information! Sarah

  3. Thank you Grace and Sarah for your comments.
    Sarah, I hadn't thought of drying radishes! What a wonderful idea. I have thought of pickling them however and actually found a recipe online to do that with.
    We likely won't plant our fall garden for a few more weeks here in northern Alabama but I plan to try dehydrating some in the spring! Thank you! Mary Lou