Watching the Seed Grow
As many of you will know, over the last few years we have been running farm and workshops at the farm, to help inspire the community to understand more about how and where their food is grown. More and more we are coming across people who have a keen interest in gardening, but do not know where to start.
Here’s my hot tip for anyone wanting to dip their toes into growing food in the Illawarra: Grow Radishes!
Radishes love this time of the year. They are quick, grow in a variety of soils, grow easily from seed, and are so much fun to harvest (especially for kids)! The crunchy red Easter eggs in your box this week have grown from seed to your plate in just four weeks! They’re also much more versatile in the kitchen then people think. While everyone knows that they form a crunchy chip that adds colour and texture to a salad, less know how good the are halved and roasted or sautéed down in a stir-fry or curry.
Green Connect Farm Manager
In your box:
What’s that in my box: “Radishes are members of the Brassicaceae family, which also includes mustard and cabbage. The root of the radish is related to kale, broccoli, cauliflower and horseradish, to name a few.” the Brassicas are classic winter vegetables and we’ll be seeing a lot more of them over the next few months. Though radishes are small, they are full of fiber and can be quite filling. Adding these to roasts is a great idea as they’ll absorb your seasoning and that bitter flavour will disappear. You can also pickle them, sauté them, bake them in a gratin or pie, and you can blend them to add to smoothies or soups! For more information on how to store & cook any of our vegetables, visit: https://draxe.com/ and type in the veggie you’re looking for.