Ostergruss is one of the unique varieties of radishes we are growing at our Research and Education Seed Farm in the 2021 season. The Ostergruss radish originates from Germany and translates to ‘Easter Greetings,’ as their first harvest generally occurs around this holiday. This variety is usually planted in early spring but they can be successfully grown throughout the year in mild climates as they are frost tolerant.
This radish is easily identified by its bright colour and tapered carrot-like appearance. In North America, they typically present a bright magenta pink colour although Ostergruss radish comes in an array of pinks, reds, and purple/red hues. Like many radishes, white flesh is hidden under its colourful exterior.
Ostergruss radishes have an excellent initially sweet then mild peppery flavour that lends itself well to raw and cooked meals. Its long shape makes it easy to cut in half and enjoy with a dip as you would with carrots and hummus. These radishes are also commonly incorporated into salads and mixed with cooked root vegetables for a savoury dish. Pickling Ostergruss radish is a terrific way to extend its shelf life. Even the green tops of the radish are edible and can be stir-fried or steamed for a lovely side dish.