Watermelon Radish

The watermelon radish, also called the red meat radish or the beauty heart radish, is a root vegetable that is a member of Brassica (mustard) family, which also includes turnips and broccoli. It is an heirloom plant that originated in China. Called a watermelon radish because its skin is white with green shoulders and its interior flesh progresses from pink (near the outside) to magenta and red. It ranges in size from an inch or so to three inches. High in vitamin C, its flavor is mildly peppery, but sweet, and its texture is crisp. It can be served raw in salads or braised, cooked in stir-fries, sautéed, or in soups and stews.