Tangy, crunchy radish pickles are delicious with rich meat dishes. "Salt plays a critical role in balancing the flavor of a vinegar pickle brine," Andrea Reusing says. "When you're making your own brine, taste it first. If it seems unbalanced, it likely doesn't have enough salt." Linton Hopkins: Quick Pickles More Pickled Vegetables
Trim the radishes, leaving about 1/2 inch of the stems. Halve the radishes lengthwise and transfer to a 2-quart glass jar.
In a saucepan, combine the water, vinegar, sugar and salt and bring to a boil, stirring. Let cool to warm, then add the garlic, chiles and ginger. Cover the radishes with the brine. Let stand until the brine has cooled, then cover and refrigerate overnight or for up to 3 days.