Available now at Southern Fresh Foods in the Waikato, the Large Watermelon Radish is an heirloom variety of the Chinese daikon radish and a botanical member of the Brassica family.
The Large Watermelon Radish has a crisp, succulent flesh which is white closest to the exterior, with bright, circular patterns of pink in the centre, giving it the allusion of watermelon.
The flavour of the Large Watermelon Radish is mild and sweet, with slight peppery notes, making it perfect for salads. Both the root and the green of the Large Watermelon Radish are an excellent source of vitamin C, especially when eaten raw.
Large Watermelon Radishes can be served cooked or raw, hot or cold, as a pickle, on sandwiches, in soups or roasted.
Southern Fresh Foods recommends the following recipe by Lisa Bryan from Downshiftology:
Watermelon Radish and Cucumber Salad
- 4 watermelon radish
- 1 large cucumber
- 1½ cups microgreens
- 1 tsp black lava salt
Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp white wine vinegar
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- ¼ tsp dijon mustard
- pepper, to taste
- Use a mandolin to slice very thin slices of the watermelon radishes and cucumber.
- Plate the salads by alternating slices of radish, cucumber and small handfuls of microgreens. Sprinkle the black lava salt on top.
- Whisk together all dressing ingredients in a small bowl and drizzle on top of the salad.
Southern Fresh Foods is a family owned and operated fresh vegetable, salad and herb grower and producer. Southern Fresh Foods supplies produce to restaurants and wholesalers and is committed to giving back to the community through their support of community organisations such as Kaivolution.