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What's in Season: Watermelon Radishes

What's in Season: Watermelon Radishes

I was recently at my local farmers market when I noticed these beautiful watermelon radishes. I've had them in salads before — they're absolutely gorgeous and add a tremendous amount of color to a dull-looking meal — but have a hard time finding them in person.

The watermelon radish has the crunchy texture like other radishes, and are peppery — like regular radishes — on the outside, and sweeter towards the middle. On the outside they appear to look like turnips or baby daikon radishes — they're actually an heirloom version of the daikon — and they can be prepared like them, too. You can cook them (braised, sautéed, mashes, fried, etc.) and serve it as a side dish, or you can serve them raw in salads, sandwiches, or as garnish.

Look for radishes that are firm and without any bruises. For a milder flavor, wash and cut radishes, and store in an ice-water bath several hours before serving. Also it's good to note that the intensity of the flavor will decrease the longer it sits around, so eat them up as soon as you can!

Have you ever had a watermelon radish? Do you enjoy them?

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aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
They look pretty but that's about it...
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
I've never heard of these but I would love to try them! I love radishes, and this color is so pretty - would be gorgeous in a salad. I'm going to have to look for these.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
They look so pretty! I've never had one before though.
Angelica Angelica 9 years
Ditto to Nancita. They look amazing!
sonnabobble sonnabobble 9 years
huh? i've never heard of these before, but if they do taste like jicama then they'd be great in a salad...for the crunch factor anyway!
shannzu shannzu 9 years
I tried one at a farmers market recently. It's very pretty but I wasn't impressed. It was a bit like eating Jicama, lots of crunch but no real flavor. Seems like it would make a great garnish to look at but not necessarily eat.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
Never tried them, but I would love to cause I love radishes and such.
nancita nancita 9 years
I have never tried or heard of these but I want to put them in a salad or something just because they are so pretty.
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