Radishes can look white, red, purple or black (or anything in between); be round, oval or long; and taste anywhere from mild to peppery. They are versatile vegetables that are great in salads, tacos, sandwiches and more. According to Tom Colicchio, "Radishes are the unsung heroes of the vegetable world." He has been passionate about them ever since he was a kid in Elizabeth, New Jersey, where he'd pick them from his grandfather's small garden. "Radishes add texture, spice and color," he says. "I was featuring them in dishes at Gramercy Tavern almost 20 years ago, back when no one else was. Radishes are one of those ingredients that I always use when summer rolls around." While radishes are available year-round, they peak from spring through mid-summer. F&W's guide offers delicious recipes and fun cooking ideas.

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Grilled Verona Radicchio with Bottarga and Wild Apple Molasses
A drizzle of tart apple molasses tames this elegant starter of charred radicchio stuffed with butter and bottarga. Radicchio rosso di Treviso can be substituted for Verona, but keep in mind that the head and leaves are less compact.
Maple-Roasted Radishes
This supersimple recipe is the perfect side dish to make in spring and summer when the market is filled with radishes of all shapes and colors. Parisian chef Angèle Ferreux-Maeght uses maple syrup to keep these vegan, but you can use honey instead. Slideshow: More Radish Recipes 
Radishes with Seaweed-Matcha Butter
It’s worth finding cultured butter to make Jeremiah Stone and Fabián von Hauske’s riff on the classic French appetizer; it’s slightly tangy and high in butterfat. Slideshow:  More Quick Side Dish Recipes 
How to Make Roasted Radishes with Caramelized Kimchi
Here, radishes are cooked with kimchi that caramelizes as it cooks, resulting in an umami butter sauce.
Spicy Quick-Pickled Radishes
These zesty pickled radishes make a great accompaniment to rich pâté or rillettes. Slideshow: More Vegetarian Recipes 
Mixed Radishes with Yogurt Butter
This lightly whipped dip from chef Zakary Pelaccio is a delicious twist on the classic French radish-and-butter pairing. Slideshow: More Radish Recipes 

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10 Ways to Use Radishes
Radishes are at their sweet-and-crunchy best come spring. Trendy with chefs and cookbook authors right now, this inexpensive and delicious vegetable is often overlooked by home cooks. Here are 10 ways to use them.
Roasted Radishes with Radish Greens
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Gerard Craft came up with this clever recipe one year when his local farmer had an abundance of radishes. Craft tried roasting them. The result: warm, crisp-tender radishes with delightfully bitter greens, which he finishes with butter and lemon.Plus: F&W's Guide to Fresh Spring Produce More Healthy Salads