Watermelon Radish

It looks a little like an alien species!

It looks a little like an alien species!

We’ve planted a lot of new varieties this year.  Still there are seed packages left unopened!  So much fun, though.  One veggie that we bought from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds is a beautiful radish called Chinese Red Meat Radish, or Watermelon Radish.

The green/white/pink outer color on the swollen roots is a little disconcerting.

The green/white/pink outer color on the swollen roots is a little disconcerting.

I’m not a huge fan of radishes.  They grow quickly, help identify rows of slower-growing seeds, and are great for kids to plant.  Still neither me nor my tummy really likes the strong radish flavor.

Slicing into them is a little creepy.

Slicing into them is a little creepy.

The Watermelon Radish, however, are large, crisp and  sweet on the inside.  My daughter  cut them into small triangles and  stir-fried them.  They had a little of the bitter radish flavor, but if you expect that you will be delighted at the taste and color.

These brilliant little wedges don't hold much heat and are great raw, in stir-fries, or lightly cooked on their own.

These brilliant little wedges don’t hold much heat and are great raw, in stir-fries, or lightly cooked on their own.

Younger ones have more of a starburst of red in the center.  Older ones  grow brilliantly red, set against the green outer  skin, as dramatic as a dragonfruit.

The brilliant center color is fantastic.

The brilliant center color is fantastic.

Radishes are cool-weather plants; these I planted late but were shaded by vigorous volunteer currant tomatoes that are taking over the bed!

When planting annuals, plant your favorites but don’t forget to play.  There are so many varieties of veggies, herbs and flowers available now, especially heirloom and organic (non-GMO!).  Why not try some and share the seed with friends?

 

 

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