We have our backyard partitioned to keep the dog and most importantly, a rogue toddler, out of the vegetable patches. Recently however, little Fig, has figured out how to unlock the door and escape into the garden. I often peer out the window to check on him only to find him running through the rows at full speed, trying to grab some expressively forbidden garden produce and return towards the main garden before I notice. Clearly somebody has been reading too much Peter Rabbit.
And while I’m certainly not going to turn him into a pie like Mrs. McGregor, it is quite bothersome to find completely bald patches in your garden at the hands of a two year old. Furthermore he is fully aware of the explicit rule that he is not to enter the garden unattended which makes the idea of trespassing even more alluring.
Despite all the burglarization that has occurred over the last few weeks, our radishes did survive and were ready for harvest.
Plain old radishes don’t really excite most toddlers and Fig is no exception. He’ll eat a few pity bites at my request but that’s usually where it ends. There are two exceptions to this toddler-radish rule though.
He will devour radish-upon-radish if he’s picking them straight from the garden( due to the aforementioned illegality of the act) or if they’re roasted. A few days ago we harvested radishes together and roasted them. I’m pretty sure he consumed several pounds of the red little root by day’s end.
Growing radishes is near instant gratification as far as gardening is concerned. They sprout in just a few days and depending on the variety, are ready to eat in just a few short weeks. I chose a variety that is ready to harvest in 18 days specifically for Fig called De 18 Jour.
If you have the opportunity to plant radishes with your toddler, I can’t recommend it enough. They are easy to grow and you too may be changing your tone from “please try one bite of your radish” to ” please stop eating all the radishes!”.
- 20 radishes
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil
- Sea salt to taste.
- Preheat the oven to 450 F.
- Clean radishes.
- Place in baking dish and coat with olive oil and salt.
- Bake in the oven until the radishes are crisp which is about 15-18 minutes.
Toddler Friendly Parts of this Recipe:
- Harvesting the radishes from the garden
- Washing/scrubbing the radishes
- Chopping off the stems and placing them in a baking dish.