One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A swollen pungent-tasting edible root, especially a variety which is small, spherical, and red, and eaten raw with salad.
- ‘Load up as many sliced radishes, pickled jalapeños, onions, and piles of cilantro as you can handle from the fresh garnish bar and prepare to know what it means to be full, and fully flabbergasted.’
- ‘The broiled rouget (with daikon radish and crunchy yellow lentils) had a similarly monkish, almost dried-out quality.’
- ‘But for the adventurous, it's served tender, prosciutto-thin, and heartily roasted with artichokes and radishes.’
- ‘Who wouldn't want to eat what's local when that includes almost anything you can think of, from sugar snap peas, green onions and radishes to the first beans, beets and zucchini.’
- ‘Toss together radishes, lemon juice and oil.’
- ‘Here in the States, we tend to relegate the poor things to the bottom of the salad bowl, but the French give radishes pride of place.’
- ‘Heat the oil and add the radish, carrot and potato.’
- ‘The menu also offers 17 salads, all Bulgarian traditionals, with the most unusual being a salad of radish and carrot.’
- ‘Walking up the stairs, you will find that baskets of fresh garlic, pepper, onion, radishes and carrots have become the ornaments, which can easily be seen in restaurants in France.’
- ‘We ate it with rice and a salad with radishes and cucumbers.’
- ‘One was the deep-fried strips of daikon radish that adorned the salad.’
- ‘The bacalhau is mixed with bits of parsley and cilantro (and too much potato, to my taste) and served with a colorful salad of radishes, blood oranges, and beets.’
- ‘If it is a root crop like radishes, turnips, carrots or rutabaga; you will see the damage when you harvest.’
- ‘There are two important differences between this radish and the common red radish: all parts of the Japanese radish are edible - seeds, leaves, stems and of course, roots; and it is eaten cooked, not raw.’
- ‘If the radishes or onions haven't quite opened up, then give them another slash or two.’
- ‘Dad enjoys salads, but they can't contain cucumbers or radishes.’
- ‘Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, radishes and fruit can all produce excess gas.’
- ‘Stir in tomatoes, cucumber, bell peppers, celery, onion, radishes, and cilantro.’
- ‘The package suggests using it to season pasta, rice and salads, but so far I have simply used it - and loved it - on raw crunchy veggies, carrots and radishes.’
- ‘The traditional start to an Azerbaijani meal is simplicity itself: fresh vegetables and herbs - radishes, spring onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, watercress, coriander, and so on.’
2The plant of the cabbage family which yields the radish.
Raphanus sativus, family Brassicaceae
- ‘In that case, consider planting insectary plants like dill, radishes, or tansy, which attract natural predators.’
- ‘For an on-going summer of excitement, plant another set of radishes every four days or so; this will keep your supply going.’
- ‘Remove old kale, mustard and turnip plants before harlequin bugs have a chance to reproduce, and plant successions of radishes, peas, lettuce, spinach, beets, carrots and Chinese greens.’
- ‘Seeds are notoriously slow to germinate, so mark the rows by planting a fast-growing crop, such as radishes, with the beet seeds.’
- ‘If you want to get kids interested in gardening - let them plant radishes.’
Old English rædic, from Latin radix, radic- ‘root’.
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