Why Radishes?

Did you know that radishes have a lot of great health benefits?  I grew up eating radishes from my dad’s garden and I planted radishes this spring in my own garden.

I was researching recipes using radishes and ran across a Quinoa recipe that includes radishes.  I’m always looking for a new recipe for quinoa (which is a great healthy alternative to pasta or rice).  This is a recipe that I put my own twist on using radishes, parsley, mint and basil from my garden!  The chopping was well worth the time.  For another twist, this recipe is also good with grilled marinated chicken breast or even on lettuce wraps.  Hope you enjoy!

Tomato Quinoa Salad with Radishes and Herbs Recipe

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Radishes in my Dad's garden - May 2013
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Radishes from my garden - 2014
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In the garden with family

Here’s a good read by Kathleen Mierzejewski  who wrote an article titled:  “How To Pick Radishes  And When Do I Harvest Radishes."

http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/radish/harvest-radishes.htm.

You don’t need a lot of space to garden or grow radishes,  and there are several varieties of radishes that can be grown year round depending on where you live.  Give it a try.  You can even use a container to grow them in.

Health Benefits of Radishes:

http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/9-health-benefits-of-radishes.html

http://www.livestrong.com/article/413273-health-benefits-of-radishes/

http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/health-benefits-of-radish.html

Do you think home canning is a lost art? I think not!

Three days and counting before my first Home Canning series begins at the Dallas Farmer’s Market and I am so excited!    I can’t wait to meet the new breed of contemporary home canners who are taking an interest in learning home canning and what was once considered to be a “Lost Art”.  I’ve spoken with corporate executives, gardeners, gourmet chefs, retirees and families who are just concerned about food safety and nutrition.

Urban canners love the fact that you don’t have to live in the country or devote every waking hour to a garden in order to enjoy the canning process.  In fact, city-dwelling canners find that searching for excellent produce and new recipes leads them to wonderful out-of-the-way markets and restaurants.  Many new home canners don’t garden at all, but love shopping for fresh organic produce and enjoy making their recipes in their high rise apartments.

Whether your reason for learning home canning is because of your concern with ingredients and nutrition, or because you find it something that is relaxing to do, now is the time to get on board.