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Watermelon or Beauty Heart Radish- beautiful either way

Beauty Heart or Watermelon radish

Beauty Heart Radish

Watermelon or Beauty Heart radish? At the farmer’s market on Saturday I  bought Watermelon radish. However, I first met this radish in China where the Chinese name was translated as Beauty Heart, so much prettier than Red Meat Radish which is the way it is sold by some seed companies. I love Beauty Heart, but I can easily live with Watermelon Radish.  When my Chinese colleagues first served me this radish in a pickled salad I insisted it must be a turnip and that we had run into a translating problem. I was wrong. This radish is a type of daikon radish (which doesn’t look like a cherry belle radish either), but all are members of the brassica family.

Beauty Heart or Watermelon radishes range in size from golf ball to baseball size and have a mild flavor. The Chinese do a lot of pickling and my favorites were pickled lotus root, garlic and, of course, Beauty Heart radish.

A simple pickling recipe:

eniugh thinly sliced beauty heart radish that can be covered by

1 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon salt
pinch of red pepper flakes.
Place in a jar and refrigerate for a couple of days and enjoy.

 

 

1 comment to Watermelon or Beauty Heart Radish- beautiful either way

  • Gorgeous photo, gorgeous radish! Question: will the pickled version remain as vibrantly colored? I just learned that daikon radishes, raphanus sativus longipinnatus, and radishes in general are cruciferous (I’m always the last to know), and apparently I should eat more cruciferous anythings- so the color would make them especially appealing to eat.

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