June 17, 2011 at 6:00 am
In her later years, my grandmother became addicted to radishes.
No one could tell her why.
She actually asked her doctor, because she worried that craving radishes was abnormal.
Although no one could ever tell her it was normal, it also is a pretty healthy addiction — radishes are a good source of B6, riboflavin, calcium and magnesium and they are mildly anti-inflammatory.
So a much better addiction than street drugs or online gambling, probably.
My grandma used to eat radishes at her desk, while adding up the day’s receipts from the family business on an old adding machine. (It was not a calculator. Do not call it a calculator.)
I always think of my grandma this time of year when radishes start popping up in the garden and at the farmer’s market.
I consider eating them sprinkled with salt, while enjoying a nice hot cup of coffee, the way my grandma used to, but thankfully I am not a coffee fan, because I loved my grandma but that is just gross.
Instead, I snack on some and try to get a little creative with the rest. My favorite uses for radishes …
How are you enjoying radishes this season? Add a recipe idea in the comments below!