Seize the Radish

posted by Momo Fali on March 18, 2015

When I was young my mom used to tell me to taste every kind of food I was offered; if I didn’t like it I would never have to eat it again. It turned out that that only thing I didn’t like were radishes. For nearly four decades I ate everything but radishes, because radishes tasted like dirt.

Until a few days ago.

Last week I ate a delicious radish. I had a radish awakening, if you will. And, if you won’t, please pass the radish over here.


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I’m actually not speaking metaphorically – or maybe I am – it doesn’t matter. What I’m saying is that you should never stop trying new things. Ever. Even if the new things are old things. You might suddenly find that they are the perfect blend of spicy goodness.

Never shut down possibilities, because sometimes there is just enough evolution within you, or a radish, to change your perception. Unless we’re talking about liking the current country music landscape, because there aren’t enough days left on earth to make me evolve that much.

But, what if there are other things I’ve put off that I might enjoy? Maybe I’ll wear bright colors instead of black, sit at the bars in restaurants and drink a different kind of beer every time I do, learn to play guitar, sing out loud even though I can’t carry a tune, and stop being afraid.

Maybe I’ll eat more radishes.


  • Joni

    glad she made us try all those foods cause I ‘d be one picky eater if she didn’t. #lovemyAuntSylvia

    • NiQui

      wait, is this my lovely sister in law?!?!? can’t be, she wouldn’t know how to do the hashtag thingy – or maybe she is trying new things 🙂

  • NiQui

    so true, keep trying new things, don’t close off your mind 🙂 although my grandpa subscribed to the same method your mom did, and I highly doubt I will ever try frog legs again!!

  • Jenn

    I absolutely LOVE this.

    Although I still hate radishes.

    (PS – I have a one bite rule in the house, and the kids know you have to try something at least a dozen times before your palate might decide it likes something.)

    Thanks for a happy reminder. I will be sharing this with my kids, too. Except for the beer at the bar bit, of course!

  • alexandra

    I had a radish epiphany, but it was with pumpkins. My entire life , I avoided pumpkin pie because it looked gross.

    And then one day, I don’t know but I thought, I’ll have a sliver. And OMG it was fantastic.

    Now I make pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin soup.

    All those years missed… but then, I never would have had the epiphany, so it’s all good.

    Loved this post.

  • AlisonH

    I wish you could see the surprised laugh over here, reading that. I belong to a community supported agriculture group: you pay a subscription and then they deliver locally-grown organic fruits and veggies once a week and you can pick and choose between offerings for the next week online.

    So. Radishes were on the list. I clicked a substitution–not eating radishes here. They goofed and we got those beautiful red organic radishes.

    I guess I gotta try one, huh?

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