Fermented Radishes

Fermented Radishes

Fermented Radishes are a tasty way to get your probiotics! Enjoy them in a salad, on a crudites plate, or solo as a snack. They have a delightful peppery pickle-like flavor. Radishes are packed with nutritional benefits as well. They live up to the “food as medicine” ideal. Let me breakdown the nutritional benefits radishes for you.

Radishes:

  • are a great source of vitamin c
  • are naturally diuretic (which is helpful to the kidneys and the urinary tract)
  • are full of fiber (fiber helps keep your digestion moving and helps your body rid itself of excess hormones, among many other things)
  • can help regulate blood pressure
  • can relieve congestion and bronchitis
  • have antibacterial and antiviral properties
  • contain many anti-cancer antioxidants
  • supply fresh oxygen to your blood

 
To make fermented radishes, you will need:

  • 3 bunches radishes, washed
  • 1 quart water
  • 2 teaspoons Celtic sea salt
  • Starter culture (I use Cutting Edge Cultures. You could also use 2 Tablespoons of whey or brine from another ferment, but it is less predictable.)
  • Wide Mouth Quart Mason Jars (2)
  • Fermentation lids (these aren’t absolutely necessary, but they do provide great protection for your ferment) I use these and love them.
  • Fermentation Weights (or a mostly flat sterilized rock) 
  1. Place the starter culture in a dish of cool filtered water. (Follow the directions on your specific package.)
  2. Put the salt in a bit of warm water to dissolve.
  3. Cut the radishes. I like to cut small ones in half and larger ones into fourths or sixths.
  4. Put the radishes and starter culture in your clean mason jar.
  5. Pour the salt water over the top. Add more filtered water if needed to make sure the radishes are completely covered, but leave an inch or so at the top to allow for expansion.
  6. Place your fermentation weight on top of your radishes to keep them under the brine and then your fermenting lids on top.
  7. Let the radishes sit in a dark place for at least 3 days and up to a week. (Test to find when it is fermented to your liking.)
  8. Transfer to the fridge to slow the fermentation process. These will easily keep in the fridge for 6 months or more, but I highly doubt they will last that long! You can experiment with adding different herbs if you like.

 

Fermented Radishes
Delicious and nutritous fermented radishes.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 bunches radishes
  2. Celtic sea salt
  3. Starter culture
  4. Water
Instructions
  1. Place the starter culture in a dish of cool filtered water. (Follow the directions on your specific package.)
  2. Put the salt in a bit of warm water to dissolve.
  3. Cut the radishes. I like to cut small ones in half and larger ones into fourths or sixths.
  4. Put the radishes and starter culture in your clean mason jar.
  5. Pour the salt water over the top. Add more filtered water if needed to make sure the radishes are completely covered, but leave an inch or so at the top to allow for expansion.
  6. Place your fermentation weight on top of your radishes to keep them under the brine and then your fermenting lids on top.
  7. Let the radishes sit in a dark place for at least 3 days and up to a week. (Test to find when it is fermented to your liking.)
  8. Transfer to the fridge to slow the fermentation process. These will easily keep in the fridge for 6 months or more, but I highly doubt they will last that long! You can experiment with adding different herbs if you like.
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 What about you? Have you made fermented radishes? Are you going to give it a shot?

Fermented Radishes