Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Watermelon Radish

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As I was reading the newest issue of Clean Eating the other night I came across an article about Watermelon Radish and had to share it with you.  I had never heard of these before, and cannot wait to hunt them down.  Do you ever just stare at certain fruits and vegetables in wonder at how absolutely beautiful they are?

The watermelon radish is an heirloom variety of the Chinese daikon, with a slightly sweet and peppery crunch.  Most commonly known in the US as watermelon radish, the Chinese term for the bulb translates to “beauty in the heart,” drawing attention to its pink interior.  Besides the flesh color, the main difference between a watermelon radish and a traditional red radish is the size.  A watermelon radish is about three times the diameter of a traditional red. 
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Nutritionally they pack quite a punch with a cup of slices only costing you 20 calories, but loaded with free-radical fighting antioxidants such as Vitamin C. They also contain enzymes that aide with digestion!
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Availability
-available year round, peak season runs from spring to late fall
-specialty grocery stores and farmer’s markets
Aliases
-watermelon radish also goes by roseheart radish, beauty heart, and red meat radish
Uses
-store in your crisper drawer for up to 5 days
-eat is raw in salads or coleslaws, sautéed or roasted with olive oil and sea salt
-low calorie source of antioxidants
-prep: remove greens and rinse the radishes thoroughly; trim the root ends and slice into matchsticks, wedges or thin rounds


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What do you think, beautiful right? Have you ever heard of them, tasted them?




7 comments:

  1. I'm not a huge radish fan but these are too pretty NOT to eat!

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  2. These are gorgeous! And yes, I frequently stare at food and its beauty. I'm a Food Network junkie and my favorite section of all magazines is the food section.

    I need to hunt these down. I love the idea of putting them in a cole slaw for some reason.

    Thanks for the post!

    http://hopefaithandblessings.blogspot.com/

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  3. I have never seen these before. They are so pretty. I will scour the farmer's markets this weekend.

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  4. I'm go to have to look for these and try them out.

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  5. I've never seen anything like this before. I don't like radishes but I'd be willing to try this.

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  6. Are they sweet like watermelon? They look really pretty...I may have to try them.

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  7. Oh my goodness these are gorgeous! I like radishes but am always stumped how to use them except in salads (which I don't make at home much.) I need to think of a dip that would be good with radishes and eat them as a crunchy little snack! Any suggestions?

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