Last year, a friend of mine gave me a packet of seeds (semi) written in Russian. From the picture and my very limited knowledge of the Cyrillic alphabet, I gathered that the seeds were for white icicle radish (ravanello candela di ghiaccio). I sowed a few and they all sprouted quickly. I thinned the seedlings, adding the harvested leaves to salads. But I didn't choose the right time to pull out the mature radishes, so the harvest was so-so.
The expert gardener who helps me keep my little jungle under control sowed the rest of the seeds and once again sprouting occurred quickly. This time, I did less thinning and decided to let the radishes get just to a baby size and then harvest them. The photo above (taken with my phone) shows my first batch: don't they look cute?
I cut off the top and used it with other greens to make this dish. I then scrubbed the radishes to show them off to the camera. I am not an expert on this root vegetable, so I am not sure how the white icicle radishes' flavor compares to that of other varieties. They are quite peppery (piccanti) and I have read them described as "more hot than mild." I am planning to add them to a root roast.
Black and White Wednesday is on hold while Susan takes some time off to focus on her health. Following on the footsteps of Brii and Haalo, I am publishing a black and white photo post on Wednesday as a special well-wishing card for Susan.
The photos wer shot in color and then converted the top one to sepia and the bottom one to black and white.
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