What are these delicious looking tidbits, you ask?
Why -- they're rattail radishes, of course!
And they're quite a bit tastier than their name implies!
We had them for the first time this summer when they arrived as part of our CSA share. These edible seed pods have the crunch of a green bean, but the spicy bite of a radish. Edible-pod radishes are members of the brassica family, along with broccoli, kale, cabbage, mustard, and radishes. They are often called aerial radishes, or Java radishes after their place of origin. Grown primarily in India and Southeast Asia, these delicacies are less common in the states. But, they seem to be making appearances here and there (and the smart people at LotFotL are one of the farms growing them and selling them at farmer's markets around Milwaukee).
In addition to eating them right out of hand, they're great in salads or sauteed just until crisp. When cooked, they do lose a bit of their bite -- so when cooked, they appeal to even non-radish fans.
Got any great recipes for rat tails? We'd love to hear about them!!
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