pink french breakfast radishes held in hands

Farmers Market Radishes

We think these root veggies are so radishing! Here are some fun facts about this beautiful and colorful vegetable.

 

basket of colorful radishes
Radishes from Cure Organic Farm at the Boulder County Winter Market in Longmont, Colorado.

 

  • Radishes are a part of the same veggie family as Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and turnips.

 

  • It is believed radishes originated in Southeast Asia and their name comes from the Latin word “radix,” meaning root.

 

  • Radishes have a strong flavor that is caused by the oils in them, which are also present in mustard, wasabi, and horseradish.

 

  • Every year on December 23 in Oaxaca, Mexico, is Noche de Rábanos, or Night of the Radishes, where large radishes are carved into sculptures! (You should totally look it up).

 

pink french breakfast radishes held in hands
French Breakfast Radishes from Sugar Camp Farm at the Richland Park Farmers Market in Nashville, TN.

 

Another variety of radish you might find at the farmers market is the Black Spanish Radish. These beautiful black radishes are different from the traditional spring red radish not only in color and size, but also in flavor. They are larger than spring radishes with a more powerful flavor. Black radishes are said to have been first cultivated in the Mediterranean and were traditionally used in many cultures as medicine.

black spanish radishes
Black Spanish Radish from Johnson’s Backyard Garden at the SFC Farmers Market in Austin, Texas

 

For some fun ideas of ways to use radishes, check out Bon Appétit’s 35 Radish Recipes That Are More Than Just Snacks

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