Radish Food Decorations
Use radish flowers as a garnish to decorate cold snacks, meat and vegetable dishes, or use them as a self-starter.
1. Select round, unblemished radishes. Wash and cut the rootlets and scrape root hairs from the bottom. To make a rosette, cut the rootlet as shown . There should be a white circle at the top of the radish.
2. Hold the radish in one hand and a sharp knife in the other. Incise the skin with a thin layer in the form of petals, not cutting completely through.
3. Petals should be evenly spaced from each other around the circumference of the radish. Dip the rosette in ice water and it will open. If many roses are needed, you will need a large container of ice water to provide enough space for them to open up.
1. To make this beautiful garnish, proceed in the same way, but cut the rootlet higher. See photo.
Using a small sharp paring knife, cut 4-8 leaf shapes, into the red skin only, from the top almost down to the stalk.
2. Ease the red '"petals" away with the knife point. Leave the lower end attached.
3. Drop the radishes into ice water and they will open up. It will take about an hour to begin to open.
4. If you release every other petal, you will get different variations.
1. To make a radish chrysanthemum, proceed in the same way as for making chrysanthemum from turnip.
The only difference is that you do not need sticks.
1. To make this delicate garnish, cut small radishes into slices and place in the form of a flower. The middle can be a circle made from carrot or lemon. The stem and leaves can be made from green onions or parsley stems.
2. This food decoration looks good on the edge of the plate.
Make a lot of daisies and use as a border on a platter.
1 To make radish decorations, incise the skin with a thin layer in the form of petals, not cutting completly through. Proceed in the same way as for the radish rosette.
2. Make other cut layers above the lower petals. See the photos.
3. Cut another radish into very thin circles. Better to use a smaller radish than used for the first one.
4. To make the petals more stable, cut off the small segment from each petal.
5. Insert radish petals into the cuts as shown. Begin with the lower petals and proseed to the top.
6. You will get a result as illustrated.
7. Arrange your radish decorations with greens.