Friday, August 19, 2011
My friend Bobby gave me a watermelon radish. He has a house upstate with a garden where he grows vegetables including this stunning radish. It looked like a turnip but when I sliced it open I was really surprised at the beautiful color.
I didn't know what to do with it so I put it in the fridge until I came up with an idea. Nothing came to mind so I finally just sliced it open and ate it raw with a little sea salt and a squeeze of lemon. It had quite a kick - I was surprised at how spicey and peppery it was. But it sure was good!
These types of radishes thrive in cold weather. I don't know if that accounts for the vivid coloring inside. The only down side is that they're hard to find. But the Union Square Farmers Market has them - so keep your search to your local farmers markets. The big guys like Whole Foods and Citarella don't carry them to my knowledge.