NUTRITION: THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VEGETABLE I'VE EVER SEEN.
My first experience with a watermelon radish was met with great surprise and wonderment. I had received a organic box from a local farm (Fresh City Farms) free of charge and had no idea what was coming next...
It actually took my breath away. I've made a new friend....
The Watermelon Radish – so unassuming from the outside, resembling a parsnip – but slice it open to find a brilliant fuschia core that resembles that of, well, a watermelon. Also sometimes referred to as a Beauty Heart or Rose Heart the Watermelon Radish is an heirloom variety of the Chinese daikon. Those long and white vegetables that can be just as unassuming as the WR! Compared to other radishes, expect these brilliant babies to be a bit milder and sweeter than regular, and much larger, averaging about three inches in diameter. Generally, their flesh is hotter toward the outside and sweeter toward the center.
Crunchy and sweet, with just a hint of spice and a flavor, this radish is reminiscent of jicama. But most of all – it’s simply gorgeous! I couldn't believe my eyes. It's honestly the prettiest vegetable I've ever seen.
Radishes have been revered as a powerful food throughout history. It’s said the Greek physician Androcydes ordered his patients to eat radish to avoid getting intoxicated, which makes sense given they stimulate the function of our livers and digestion. Along with Beets, these are another great 'liver loving' foods. Radishes and their leaves are an excellent source of vitamin C (skin brightening + collagen building), while their leaves are also a good source of calcium. Studies have found radishes can aid the body in the lowering of cholesterol, blood pressure and chances of getting certain cancers. Who knew? Such an unassuming veggie with so much power.
This just reiterates the message of never, ever judging a book by its cover. Beauty will always lie within. Seen here with our friend, the Watermelon Radish.