The watermelon radish is one vegetable you need to give a second look. Unassuming and bland on the outside, but inside it a bright fuchsia core that makes you realize why the radish has the name it does.
Who can resist anything that is pretty and pink? Not us.
Despite the watermelon name, the radish tastes nothing like the fruit. It is slightly peppery, but has mild sweet notes. The flesh is crunchy in texture like other radishes and a bit stronger because of their larger size. When you get your hands on a watermelon radish you can add the wash and cut pieces to an ice bath and you will get a milder flavor from them. Also, the intensity of the watermelon radish flavor will diminish the longer you let it sit around so try to enjoy the root veg sooner than later.
As far as watermelon radish health benefits go, we say munch on! The watermelon radish is a hydrating food since it is made up of about 89% water. This also makes it a low calorie food. The heirloom of a daikon is a rich source of vitamin A and C and also includes many essential minerals for a healthy diet.
The flavors of a watermelon radish are best showcased when served raw, but they can be braised, roasted, mashed and baked too. Here are some recipes that highlight both the raw and cooked options:
- Watermelon radishes are a bright and refreshing hello to your salad repertoire. Try this watermelon radish and pear salad with arugula.
- Bring on the crunch with these watermelon radish chips.
- Watermelon radishes make a great tool for dipping. Try them with this feta dip.
- Keep things simple and serve these beauties on sourdough with butter and salt.
- Never would have guessed a watermelon radish pizza (with honey and feta) would be on our radar, but now it is. The watermelon radishes look like pepperonis!
Have you ever tried a watermelon radish? What did you think?