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I may call on the animal kingdom to help me with my stock, but anything that floats in my soup du jour comes from outback.

Pride of place in the broth is always the radish.

I'm a daikon aficionado and that includes the Watermelon pinks (pictured).

I'm at that stage where I'm beginning to foster a supply line. They are never as big as I hope and I too often get stalk atop of no body.

Maybe it isn't the sort of veg that gets gasps on Ag show days. Radishes, after all, are supposedly DIY fodder for kids.

But respect is what they deserve. Aside from the colour range, the taste varies between varieties.

[Among the non-Daikons I raise my hand for French Breakfast.]

They may be a kimchi essential in my mouth -- indeed there are radish only kimchis (EG:Kkakdugi or Chonggak) -- but I love them, sliced, and  thrown into a bubbling soup just before serving. Sliced when raw and dropped on top of tacos they are heavenly. Grated just before serving, they sit well on the side of a bowl of rice or atop a grilled meat.

Word has it that the most popular vegetable in Japan is the daikon radish, beating out onions and cabbage.

As for growing the darn things....I'm still working at my apprenticeship in my soil.

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Comment by Dave Riley on September 7, 2019 at 18:36

With my interest piqued I explored radish lore. Indeed, why the radish should appear so often atop of a taco --when radishes probably emanate from China -- is partly explained byThe Night of the Radishes (Noche de Los Rábanos in Spanish) -- an annual event held on December 23 in Oaxaca, Mexico.

The radishes aren't eaten but carved!

Indeed the great Mexican muralist, Diego Rivera, celebrated the radish (below)

The Tenptations of Saint Antony (Las tentaciones de San Antonio) 1947 by Diego Rivera

But are they eaten?

There is  a whole radish and... salsa cuisine to be had. with cucumbers, jicama...Here's an example.

But what got me really excited was that if Mexica -- Oaxaca City even south of the Tropic of Cancer  -- can grow radishes how many months per year can I grow them here in BrisVegas?

Given, of course, that radish is seen as a cool weather crop...

All in all what I'm seeing is the utmost challenge.

Some peeps may seek to don a costume and be Spider Man, but all I want out of life is to become Radish Man.

Chihiro and the Radish Spirit in "Spirited Away"

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on September 5, 2019 at 20:00

I probably ought to try eating a few... 

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