Radish Leaf Pesto – An Interesting Experience

Yesterday, after I tossed radish leaves in the yard for the chickens, I wondered if radish leaves were edible for humans. They’re good enough for chickens, right? A quick Google search and yes, they are edible. One of the recipes I found was a pesto made from radish leaves.

With Hannah at cycling camp for the rest of the week, the field was clear to try something new, so I picked another round of radishes. A taste test confirmed they are edible, and taste okay. I used my regular basil pesto recipe with olive oil, pine nuts, garlic, Parmesan, salt and pepper. Except when I went for the Parmesan in the fridge, it was no where to be found. Don’t you hate it when you left something in the fridge, but it is no longer there? I digress – that’s another blog post. I substituted with Gruyere.

radish leaf pesto

I tossed it with spaghetti and added leftover chicken grilled yesterday when it was too hot to turn on the oven.

Paul liked the idea that I discovered a previously unknown food in the garden. After his first few bites he said, “this is an interesting experience.”

Now what does that mean? Really?

We rate meals in our house with the question, “Is this a make again?”

Radish leaf pesto pasta is definitely a make again. Give it a try!

This entry was posted in and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.

You might enjoy these other recent posts...

Summer Solstice

On this Summer Solstice, I went in search of Lupins. The tall spired flowers are my favorite thing about June. Seas of purply blossoms fill the landscape, brightening fields, providing … Continue reading

Hummingbird Feeder Cleaning

I hate cleaning my hummingbird feeders, but I do it every weekend. I’ve read it should be done more often, but my time during the week is so limited that … Continue reading


For more than seven years I’ve passed this blueberry field on the way to work. A solitary tree rising above the blueberry barren like a sentinel, creating focus, depth, and … Continue reading

Showing Off Pigeon Hill

My folks made the trip from Pennsylvania for Hannah’s high school graduation. Their visit was short and we didn’t have a lot of free time, but I did my best … Continue reading

Creating Memories

I’m not a foodie and you’ll find more “oops” stories here at Downeast Thunder Farm than you will recipes. In planning for Hannah’s graduation celebration, I found these little graduation … Continue reading

graduation storm trooper masks Graduation!

It’s been a wildly crazy couple of weeks. Watching Hannah wrap up her high school career has been bitter-sweet. Happy for her accomplishments, and sad that this chapter of her … Continue reading