Fresh Watermelon Radish
Country Of Origin: Turkey
Watermelon radishes are available year-round, with peak seasons in the early spring and winter.
These Watermelon radishes are medium to large-size varietal, the flesh has a ring of white just below the skin, transitioning to bright pink, fuchsia, or magenta centre. The colouring will vary in each radish depending on cultivation practices, growing environment, and soil type. The flesh also has a firm, dense, succulent, and tender texture with a crisp, snap-like consistency. Watermelon radishes should feel heavy for their size and have a subtly sweet, mild, and peppery flavour.
Watermelon radishes have a mild, subtly sweet, and peppery flavor well suited for fresh and cooked preparations. The radishes can be consumed with or without the skin, depending on preference and recipe, but it is important to note that the skin and outer layers of the flesh are generally the spiciest part of the root. Some recipes have noted soaking radishes in ice water for twenty minutes to reduce the peppery nuances. Watermelon radishes are favored as a salad ingredient to showcase their bright coloring and are added to grain bowls, charcuterie boards, or shredded into slaws.
Watermelon radishes are an excellent source of vitamin C to strengthen the immune system, reduce inflammation, and boost collagen production within the skin. The roots are also a good source of calcium to build strong bones and teeth, potassium to balance fluid levels, vitamin A to maintain healthy organ functioning, and contain lower amounts of phosphorus, copper, magnesium, vitamin K, zinc, and folate.