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Published on June 5th, 2014 | by Mary Gerush


Dear Radish, I Wrote You a Love Letter.


Dear Radish,

You are the sweetest vegetable in my backyard urban farm. So I decided to write you this love letter. Here’s why you’re the apple of my eye.

Even I Can Grow You

Radish, when I stuck your seed in the dirt, I had high hopes, but I also had my doubts. My past relationships with veggie seeds and seedlings have been so disappointing. You made me so joyous when you bared your little green leaves. And you grew so dang fast. When I saw your pinkish red curves breaking through the dirt, I fell madly in love. And the day you were ready to be all mine, I knew I’d keep planting you for the rest of my life.

You Have Only 1 Calorie but Tons of Crunch

Why would I want chips when I have you, my gorgeous little radish? A little time in the frig makes you even more desirable (if that’s even possible). You’re the perfect, guilt-free afternoon treat. You fill me up, you aid my digestion, and you detoxify me. You’re just so good for me in so many ways.

I Heart Your Spicy Radish Taste

You look and taste beautiful without a lot of effort. When I give you an olive oil massage and roast you in the oven (at 450 degrees for about 20 minutes with a bit of salt and pepper), you are so sweet. When I slather you in butter and dip you in salt, I’m in heaven. And when you join our friends in the salad bowl with a light vinaigrette, you’re the one that adds the perfect bit of crunch and spice. Don’t even get me started on how delicious you are pickled. Holla!

You’ve boosted my growing confidence without even knowing it, and you’ve delighted my taste buds. I can’t wait to spend a lovely summer enjoying your company.

Love always,


p.s. What other ways would you like to be prepared? Let me know, and we’ll make it a date!

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About the Author

Hi all! I'm Mary Gerush - a recovering corporate worker bee turned good-farm-real-food advocate and writer who wants to help people understand what they're eating. I tend a tiny urban farm in Dallas, TX, and hope to scale up one day soon. Omnivore through-and-through, there's not much I love to eat more than a butter-basted grass fed steak fresh from a searing hot cast iron skillet. Follow me on , , and !

7 Responses to Dear Radish, I Wrote You a Love Letter.

  1. Seward Co-op says:

    I love this radish post. I love radishes! Something big, red, and peppery — what’s not to love? I’ve really been in a radish-mood — for arugula and dandelion and all things peppery and bitter for some reason — so I felt validated to read your piece, Mary. :)

    Ok if I share something with you? Here’s my own paeon to bitter veggies:

    • Mary Gerush says:

      Thanks for writing! I am also a huge fan of arugula. It is the peppery-ness that gets me every time. And your post is great. An added bonus – I”m also an Edith Piaf fan. We are aligned! Thanks again…

  2. Ann says:

    Is that corn growing along your fence?!?

    • Mary Gerush says:

      It is corn! We have 11 corn plants. (Jon says we have 11 rows of corn. Just one plant per row. :-)) We just found corn cobs starting to grow! I’ll keep you posted. I’m sure there will be a blog post to come!

  3. Tammy says:

    Don’t forget about your radish leaves, they are edible and tasty too. You can add them to a salad or even make a radish leaf soup. The compost bin is not the only one that should want them:-)

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