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Add a Peppery Note to Salads with Wild Radishes

Add a Peppery Note to Salads with Wild Radishes

If you’ve noted clusters of lavender and yellow wildflowers blooming in sunny fields, you might be looking at the delicious wild radish.

In late summer and early autumn, foragers seek wild radishes for their spicy seed pods, which taste great fresh, pickled, or sautéed. Their edible flowers also add a spicy kick on salads and in the springtime, their leaves are great steamed.

Photographs by Marla Aufmuth for Gardenista.


Above: Wild radishes are easy to find in Northern California, but make sure you are foraging in an area that doesn’t have any industrial run-off nearby—and if it’s private property, be sure to ask permission. For a roundup of quality scissors, visit Gardenista’s post Japanese Garden Scissors.


Above: The seed pods of the wild radish are peppery and crunchy, sort of like the roots of their relative, the domestic radish.


Above: A popular way to prepare radish pods is to pickle them. For this recipe, you’ll need about 2.5 cups of wild radish pods. As well, you’ll need two dried red chili peppers, six black peppercorns, one tablespoon of sea salt, six tablespoons of sugar, a half teaspoon of yellow mustard seeds, three quarters of a cup of hot water and one half cup of cider vinegar.



Above: Combine water, vinegar, salt, and sugar in a canning jar and shake until everything has dissolved. In a different jar, pack the washed wild radish pods. Add the spices, and pour the water-vinegar mix over the pods. Let them sit for about two weeks before eating. Add pickled wild radish pods and their flowers to salads for nice texture, color, and plenty of peppery-ness.

To help with you canning, refer to Gardenista’s guide: 10 Easy Pieces: Canning Essentials.

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8:56PM PDT on Apr 23, 2013

Had another radish salad tonight.

5:10AM PDT on Apr 11, 2013


5:14PM PDT on Apr 10, 2013


10:26AM PDT on Apr 10, 2013

sounds good.

8:38PM PDT on Apr 6, 2013

Looks delightful!

9:40AM PST on Nov 7, 2012


4:26AM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

Would love to try those wild radish pods but have never seen them on sale or growing, though the flowers look familiar so perhaps I just didn't know what I was looking at.

1:07PM PDT on Oct 16, 2012


12:49AM PDT on Oct 16, 2012

Sounds lovely.

12:49PM PDT on Oct 15, 2012


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