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Edible radish pods showing up around town

IMG_6791Last Saturday at the Morningside Farmers Market, farmer Nicolas Donck of Crystal Organics handed me a bumpy pod that tapered down to a point. It looked a little like something that might have come out of Shrek’s nose. Donck explained it was a daikon seed pod, and he had just discovered it was edible.

More than edible, it was radically delicious — sweet and spicy like the best radish, but with the juicy crunch of a sugar snap. I bought two bunches, brought them home, and they were gone in an hour.

I’ve since noticed daikon pods showing up on restaurant menus. At Empire State South, they arrived lightly cooked and scattered over a scored whole grilled pompano along with a healthy toss of popcorn for added textural intrigue. At The Iberian Pig, they joined fiddleheads and other seasonal spring vegetables atop a grouper fillet special.

Have you seed these tasty pods anywhere else? I’m mildly obsessed….

- by John Kessler for the Food & More blog

7 comments Add your comment

Anton Chigurh

May 2nd, 2013
8:50 am

Never heard of them until now. Thanks for the heads up so I can be on the lookout.


May 2nd, 2013
10:14 am

Perhaps Buford Farmer’s Market has them? (and if they don’t I imagine they will soon)


May 2nd, 2013
10:35 am

“seed”? Don’t know if this was a pun or not.


May 2nd, 2013
11:43 am

Facepalm! It’s amazing the disconnect we have with even common foods; where did I think radishes came from, anyway? Obviously it has to have a seed, but I had never thought about it…what else am I missing?


May 2nd, 2013
1:43 pm

These along with the mentioned fiddle heads and the spring tender bamboo shoots are among my favorite seasonal veggies.

Ned Ludd

May 2nd, 2013
1:50 pm

Spring—season for many sprouting greens—look forward to finding and trying these–but it means Ramp season to me—old family tradition to hunt and pick—love’em, truly unique–any available in Atlanta?–Any local chefs have on menu?

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