Posted by terrepruitt on February 7, 2015
So our produce delivery has progressed into something kinda neat, but kinda not. You may remember me having posted about how I wanted to start receiving a produce box because we would receive farm fresh organic produce. But one of the main reasons I wanted to get a box was because I would end up with things I didn’t know what they were. Or I might know what it was but have no idea how to serve it. So it was a way to get organic produce but also “force” myself into new things. New fruits, new vegetables. Again – perhaps not TOTALLY NEW, but something I had never purchased because I didn’t know what to do with it. Well, that worked for a while. I was exposed to some new things and learned how to cook and/or serve some new things. I have acquired some new favorites and have learned that somethings I just don’t care to bother with. Well, the service has progressed as I started out saying. It is more like shopping now. The week before we are to receive our box I get an e-mail that allows me to pick and choose what I want. So now I am not getting things just arriving on my doorstep. I kind feel like they are just including standard stuff and if you want anything out of the norm you have to go choose it. So I am not being “forced” to try new stuff. Yes, I have the option to choose new stuff, but what really ends up happening is I get the e-mail and I think, “Oh, I can do that later, because I am busy now.” So I don’t go through the hassle of logging in and looking at all the produce available. Then next thing I know it is the night before delivery and it is too late to change the standard order. So . . . . like all progression there are pros and cons. I did happen to log on for our latest delivery and order something new to me. Watermelon Radishes.
I love red radishes, but my digestive system and them don’t get along. They leave me feeling very uncomfortable so I don’t eat them. I sometimes buy them for my husband. I put them in his lunch. When I put them on his salad, I might take a piece and cut it up really tiny and put it on my salad, but I don’t even eat a whole radish. Just pieces.
I didn’t know what a watermelon radish was. So I decided to get it. The information I glanced at prior to ordering stated it was sweeter than a regular radish.
Well they arrived and they are huge in comparison to other radishes. Sort of, we also received regular radishes in this box and they were the biggest radishes I have ever seen. So I am experimenting with a watermelon radish. When I cut it, I took a piece for my hubby and I to try. It tasted A LOT more peppery than a regular radish AND it was sweeter. So either the ones we got were the typical ones described in the descriptions I read or the people writing the descriptions have a different idea of what “sweet” is than I do.
Two sites I looked up this morning had the EXACT, word for word, description of what a watermelon radish is. I don’t know which site copied which site, but that is always disappointing to me. If a site states that the information is from another site, that is understandable to me, but just two sites, seemingly unrelated having the SAME EXACT information . . . bah!
Now I am looking at a different site and it is saying that watermelon radishes are the same as Red Daikon. I have heard of red daikon before, but not watermelon radishes. I think of daikon as long vegetables. But round or long they are all radishes. The watermelon radish is a winter radish.
The heirloom “watermelon radish” is another Chinese variety of daikon with a dull green exterior but a bright rose or fuchsia-colored center.”
Do you like radishes? Do you cook them? Have you had a watermelon radish?