Black and White Wednesday: Korean radishes
These Korean radishes were found laying around in front of the Korean Central Market in Anchorage, Alaska, just waiting to be taken home by a Korean home cook and make into kimchi.
The leaves as well as the roots are used in Korean kimchi recipes. These small radishes with the overflowing green foilage are probably destined for a recipe called “ponytail kimchi” or “bachelor kimchi.” Both nicknames are euphemisms for a dish called Chonggak kimchi (총각 김치). The kimchi’s unusual name hearkens back to the old days, when Korea was rule by monarchs, and men wore long hair up in a ponytail high on top of their heads.