Thursday, September 16, 2010

French Breakfast Radishes

Fresh from my garden today.....French Breakfast Radishes...

Are these not the cutest radishes you have ever seen?  I am growing these in my fall garden.

This is what I have learned about these delicious radishes.

In France, they would be eaten as a mid-morning snack. The Pennsylvanian Dutch also eat radishes for breakfast, as do the Dutch, Japanese, Koreans and Russians.

This particular variety of radishes was brought to America about 1870; by the late 1880s, it was being offered in American seed catalogues.



The Romans would eat radishes for breakfast sometimes (though breakfast was not a big meal in the Roman world.) The Victorians would have them for breakfast with potted shrimp, toast and cress.


The Dutch in New York in the 1700s would have sugared tea, bread, butter and radishes for breakfast. American colonists would have them for breakfast.

I just have to say they are the best tasting radishes I have ever had.  Mild, with just a little "bite".  Perfect as an appetizer.

I am linking this with Southern in My Heart Inspiration Friday.  Click on the button below to be directed to Vanessa's blog and find more inspiration.



Welcome Home,
Penny

25 comments:

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Penny, these radishes are so pretty! I love that plate they are sitting on. Love & blessings from NC!

Julie Harward said...

Just hand me the salt shaker and stand back! LOL How neat to have grown them yourself, everything tastes better from one's own garden! Come say hi :D

Vanessa said...

Hi Penny! What darling radishes! My son grew the larger variety this year in our garden and he actually ended up really enjoying the tast of them! I also love your potager garden and would love to invite you to join my "Inspiration Friday" party. It is the only fall garden post I have seen out there in blogland and very Inspiring for sure! :-)
Vanessa
http://southerninmyheart.blogspot.com

Pamela said...

Aww Penny this post reminds me of my mama! She loves radishes as well as god awful raw onion sandwiches!

Jojo said...

I love radishes though I have to admit I've never tried this variety. So dainty!

KathyB. said...

Penny, the radishes are very pretty, and I did not know any of these things about radishes~ you are a good history teacher here. Mild with just a little "bite", my kind of radish!

BTW, your presentation of the radishes is beautiful.

Sherri said...

Penny, those radishes look wonderful on that blue and white plate!!! Enjoy!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Those are the cutest. Thanks for the history of them. I know Romans don't usually eat breakfast. It is an Italian thing. My dil is Italian and when we went to visit her parents they did not serve breakfast except for some packaged cookies. Yuck. They have a big meal at lunch and dinner. I was starving until then though. I am use to eating breakfast.

Vee said...

Breakfast? Well good heavens, one learns something new every day. I don't think that I could handle even the mildest radish for breakfast, but they sure are pretty!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

I never thought I would say that radishes were cute, but those radishes definetly are! Having them for breakfast though....I don't know about that....Enjoy!~Hugs, Patti

Chris said...

What a very beautiful photo and "cute" radishes! I have planted this variety and they really are the best. Tried the pastel rainbow variety this year. They are pretty colors but not delicious.

I love a good slice of rye bread, spread with unsalted butter & topped with sliced radishes, for breakfast. Did you know that you could dice them & fry them like hash browns? Really good that way!

Penny, it is always fun to visit your blog! Chris

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Look at those sweet radishes! I remember being in France and being handed french bread with white butter and radishes, around midday.
Lovely! I have tried it here but the radishes were too strong. The mild ones you have grown look beautiful and tasty. I had no idea of all the history you have just shared with us. Thank you!

Donnie said...

I now know more about radishes than I ever did....smile....How come yours are not round? Are they a special type? Love the pictures.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

They look delicious, Penny! I love hot and spicy, even for breakfast, and often put horseradish on my hard boiled eggs,

Miss Jean said...

I love radishes just as they are - raw with a little salt. The blue plate is so pretty. I'm surprised you haven't "used" it for a project!

Thank you for the kind words on the quilt. :-)

Pat said...

These look wonderful Penny. I love radishes...especially with a little bread and butter.

Happy Weekend!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hi Penny, Radishes are one of the few things I am not fond of but those are those cute I would grow them anyway. :) Just stopping in to say hi. Have missed you. xoxo

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Penny, These are almost too pretty to eat! I've never heard of eating radishes for breakfast but it no stranger than when I was served a breakfast of kippers and cold baked beans on toast in Scotland! Have a wonderful weekend.
Hugs, Sherry

Sandy, Sisters of Season said...

Hi Penny,

Your garden is coming along just beautiful! Sandy:O)

Stacy said...

O, these are just beautiful and you did an amazing job of taking a lovely photo....yummy

Sarah said...

Penny, these look beautiful. Love French breakfast radishes! I buy them at the street markets in Paris when ever we visit. They are the best little treat.

Kathleen Grace said...

French breakfast are our favorites. We grow them every spring, and now I'm kicking myself that we didn't think to plant a few more last month!

Adrienne said...

Beautiful - and interesting! I'll have to add some of these radishes to my garden next year. You reminded me that I have a radish story from many years ago to share sometime in the future. I love them and would love to try these. Always love to find something new and different.
~Adrienne~

Dena said...

Good Morning Penny,

I love your new blog changes! What a wonderful way to organize the different topics. Now, can I just say how much I enjoy your gourmet insights? You are a wealth of knowledge and I always feel so inspired when I visit you :) I haven't been able to stop thinking about pesto and now I do believe I need some radishes!

Hugs,
Dena

Mary said...

Will there be any left in October, pretty please? I love radishes and would enjoy a taste of these beauties!!