|The finished lotus flowers/ roses|
|1: Wash radish, take a sharp knife and "top and tail" it as shown.|
|2: Carefully cut thin slices nearly all the way through to form the outer layer of petals.|
|4: Now cut a grid in the centre to form the stamens/ inner petals. Cut as deep as you can without breaking the flower.|
|5: Drop the radish into a container of iced water and refrigerate for 2-4 hours to allow the "petals" to open. Be patient! If after a couple of hours only the outer layer of petals has fanned out, carefully re-cut the inner ones thinner.|
|The finished flowers look really pretty on green salads.|
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