About Love the Crunch

Love the Crunch is a celebration of four crunchy salad vegetables – Curvy, refreshing radishes, elegant, crunchy Chinese leaf lettuce (actually a type of cabbage), punchy spring onions and nature’s spoon, crisp celery.

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Vital Crunch

Taste is important. Definitely. Snacking on peppery radishes; sharp spring onions to cut through rich crispy duck; celery is as crucial as onions for the base of a stew (according to Rose Prince of the Daily Telegraph).

Texture is vital too. Just ask Heston Blumenthal’s staff and customers who wore headphones to hear the crunch of their food. Hearing the crunch made them think of their veg as even crunchier. Using all your senses when you eat affects your experience of food – accepting that you might look a bit odd wearing headphones at the dining table, unless you’re alone.

So. No need for microphones or headphones here. Just crunchy fresh refreshing salad veg.
Take a couple of minutes to browse. There are good looking, health giving root juices (you’ll be both when you’ve enjoyed one of these) ; refreshing salads like this radish and citrus Chinese leaf version; lunch aldesko to the envy of your colleagues with a slice of spring onion and feta frittata; and go all out for comfort food – Fenland celery tarte tatin with Parmesan and sage crust… Bloody Mary on the side?

If you’re hungry for more information there’s plenty here about Celery [including Fenland celery] and Radish.

Radishes, like those little pots of cress, are one of the overlooked pleasures of the British vegetable repertoire. There are three main kinds of summer radish. Most familiar to us in this country are the almost-spherical globular varieties, which include our common radish, and tend to sweetness. Then there are the French breakfast radish type, longer and blunt-ended with a distinctive white tip. They are less sweet, sometimes with a faint bitterness. Radishes have only one calorie each, so if, like me, you have one too many good meals under your belt, then snack on them plain or dipped in Greek yogurt with a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds and salt.

Xanthe Clay – Food writer for the Daily Telegraph