May 3, 2010

the grocery getter

I'm back in San Diego and the California farmer's markets have exploded! Like a humdrum green bush erupting with vibrant flowers in Spring, rows of avocados and tomatoes have morphed into fruits and edibles spanning the entire spectrum.

The French Breakfast Radish is my current favorite. (the elongated, tubular variety)

To prepare- slice off the greens and trim the tip so the radish is flat on both ends.

To enjoy- scrape a little butter on one end, dip in sea salt and chomp into the crispiness.

... and watch as radishes disappear as you have never seen them do before. Into your own mouth no less.

Ayurveda, the sister science to yoga, speaks of six tastes and declares that a fulfilling meal will contain all six: sweet, salty, sour, pungent, bitter, astringent.
The radish is pungent. Herbs and spices such as black pepper, garlic, ginger and cloves are pungent as is the condiment mustard, but very few foods fit into the pungent category, making radishes very unique.
Radishes are also thought to freshen the breath, regulate appetite, treat constipation and improve circulation among many other benefits.

This evening I was gifted Hula O Maui, Pineapple sparkling wine 'made from the juice of fresh golden pineapples' grown on Maui. Definitely my kind of beverage. Thanks K!


Marguerite said...

saw these radishes at the farmer's market yesterday and tried your favorite snack-YUM!! xoxo

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