5.21.12 First harvests: Radishes and rhubarb

Our first harvest of radishes for the season, planted with three-year-old seed, surprisingly still viable. 

A couple of sunny days have given the rhubarb a boost, and we were finally able to harvest some for a galette, along with field-grown lupines for a kitchen bouquet.

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20 Responses to 5.21.12 First harvests: Radishes and rhubarb

  1. Amber says:

    I think my radishes last year were from 4 or 5 year old seeds and still did great. Some seeds last a long time! Looking good. Are the white ones milder?

    • leduesorelle says:

      We didn’t know how long the seeds are supposed to last and overplanted — these are the thinnings! The white ones can be milder but depending on the temps, can be slower frustratingly slower growing…

  2. kitsapfg says:

    My radishes are all tops and not much root at the moment. I am hoping they size up the roots soon as I am getting tired of waiting for them. I don’t think there was too much nitrogen in the soil they were planted in, but this is a new variety (to me) that I am growing and I think it just is developing on it’s own terms.

    Lovely bunch of radishes in the first pic!

    • leduesorelle says:

      We had the same thing happen but once the sun came out, they sized up within the week. We also used the tops with some green onions for a spring greens frittata.

  3. Beautiful looking bunch of radish ! Such lovely photos…

  4. maryhysong says:

    lovely radishes, but I love your mushrooms even more!

    • leduesorelle says:

      We’re still mining the freezer and using up stores, but ingredients like these add welcome freshness!

  5. Barbie says:

    Amazing how some seeds last for so long and other seeds viability drops after just a year. Your radishes are so vibrant!

    • leduesorelle says:

      We couldn’t decide between all of the varieties on offer, and have been happy with this mix!

  6. Norma Chang says:

    I tend to over seed when it comes to older seeds and frequently am surprised when most germinate and need to be thinned.

    • leduesorelle says:

      We find it’s worth the effort of hand-thinning to get more production out of our limited space.

  7. pooks says:

    A rainbow harvest! Lovely!

  8. Wow, those white radishes look like turnips! I didn’t know that white radishes came in any other form than icicle.

    • leduesorelle says:

      It’s called “White Beauty Radish” from High Mowing. It may resemble a White Tokyo Turnip (Brassica rapa), but is still in the radish family (Raphanus sativus).

  9. Liz says:

    That is a beautiful assortment of radishes. How did you eat them?

    • leduesorelle says:

      There’s very little else that’s ready in the garden, so we’re having them mostly to add crunch to salads and sandwiches. They’re lovely roasted, sauteed, or steamed, with the greens tossed in at the end. When the plantings overlap and there’s more than for a side dish, we have pasta with radishes and greens. The greens also make a peppery pesto!

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