The Hive: Rad Roots

Respect the radish!

Read the seed packets: April Cross, Bunny Tail, Cherry Belle. Even the names of radishes sound like springtime. One of the easiest and fastest vegetables to grow, spring radishes (as opposed to their larger winter cousins) can go from seed to plate in about a month. Cherry Belles, with their greens and tails trimmed, are an essential part of any relish or crudites plate, right beside the carrot and celery sticks. In my WASPy childhood, that was the only place you ever saw a radish, unless it was carved into a rose to garnish a platter. These days, radishes are blooming on all kinds of dishes. Their crisp, peppery bite provides the perfect contrast to the richness of fatty meats—that’s why they’ve always been a perfect garnish for Mexican food. Spanish colonists brought radishes with them to Mexico in the 16th century and radishes have been a standard taco garnish ever since. (Oaxaca, in one of the world’s oddest food festivals, celebrates La Noche de los Rabanos—Night of the Radishes—when local artists create sculptures from giant Mexican radishes.)

The predilection of today’s chefs to mix and mingle cuisines means that radishes are showing up on more plates. Chef Jason Talcott at University Park Marriott tops rich pork belly with sliced radishes (above.)


Radish Dish


J&G Grill, St. Regis Deer Valley

Radish slices top tuna tartare made with ginger marinade and avocado


Paris Bistro

Fava bean, goat cheese and chervil terrine is topped with French breakfast radish, sea salt and extra virgin olive oil


University Park Marriott

Pork belly is garnished with radish and served with a coconut curry broth, caramelized onion and pineapple jam


Black Sheep
(formerly The
Annex by Epic)

The Navajo Taco with beef brisket, black bean chili, Monterey jack and manchego cheeses and onion is topped with slivered radishes. Served with beans and rice


Table X

Christiansen Family Farms braised Berkshire pork is topped with
paper-thin radish slices


— written by MARY BROWN MALOUF

Mary Brown Malouf
Mary Brown Malouf
Mary Brown Malouf is the late Executive Editor of Salt Lake magazine and Utah's expert on local food and dining. She still does not, however, know how to make a decent cup of coffee.

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