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Posts Tagged ‘watermelon radishes’

Watermelon Radish Salad

Posted by terrepruitt on February 10, 2015

My last post was about receiving the Watermelon Radishes in the organic produce box that we have delivered.  Well, I didn’t know what to do with them – remember, part of the reason why I get a box delivered is to experience new-to-me produce.  When I had glanced on the internet at what they were I saw a few things about “Pickling” them.  I hadn’t considered roasting them, as I think of them more like a radish — because they are — and I wouldn’t think to roasted a radish.  So I thought I would try throwing them in some vinegar and seeing what that would be like.  I didn’t do it the day I received them, but I did it the next day.  Although they were not going to be a part of Saturday’s dinner.  I was thinking we would have them Sunday.  So I didn’t think they would be soaking this long.  Here it is Tuesday and we still have not eaten them.  I tasted them so that I could post this.  I will serve them tonight with dinner.  They taste ok.  I am not getting a lot of THEIR flavor possibly because they set so long.  I only had a few pieces as I do want save them to have with dinner tonight.  Here is what I did to make the Watermelon Radish Salad.
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1 1/2 tbsp of SEASONED rice vinegar
3 tbsp of REGULAR rice vinegar
3/4 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
dash of pepper
1 large Watermelon radish (a little smaller than a tennis ball)

Mix the ingredients in a bowl, except the radish.  Slice the radish as thin as you can.  Then put the slices in the bowl with the other ingredients.  Flip the bowl or stir the radishes every once in a while so that all of the slices are in the liquid at one time or another.

Let set for at least two hours.

Then eat as a snack or a side dish.

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I think next time I will add some onions and garlic.  In my quick research of them, I kept seeing the comment that they were “sweet” so I didn’t want to add garlic to that.  Also when I sliced them and tasted them they were really peppery so I didn’t want to add the onion.  But now that I have tasted the plain and simple way I will probably add some more flavor.  Perhaps so soy sauce to make it more like a cucumber salad?

So even though I usually roast my veggies, as I mentioned I hadn’t considered doing that but, my husband shared my post on Facebook and one of his friends did say he LOVED them roasted.  So I will probably try that.  We have two left and they are huge so I COULD probably do both.  Make another “salad” and roast one.  We will see.

My evening yoga class is on break this week so that means I will have extra time to cook this week so that just might work.

I do want to say that the smell coming from the radishes is NOT GOOD.  It is worse than soaking beans.  I am using my essential oil and candles remedy to battle the stench.

A lot of people commented on my husband’s post that they LOVE these radishes.  What about you?  Do you like watermelon radishes?

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Watermelon Radish

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 ADance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose,  Nia at the San Jose Community Centers, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex City of San Jose, San Jose Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, PiYo 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.

Wiki states:

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?

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