The Red radish is grown mainly for its root; a small, scarlet globe with a crisp and peppery, translucent, white flesh. Their roots range in diameter from one to three inches. The radish produces green leaves that grow from the root above ground, which are also edible. They have the texture of watercress and a bit of its flavor, but with a great mustardy bite as well.
Red radishes contain vitamin C, folate, fiber and potassium. Like many radishes, Red radishes contain active enzymes that are known to aid in digestion.
Red radishes are one of the most commonly used radishes in culinary preparations and can be utilized in both cooked and raw preparations, making them a versatile ingredient in the kitchen. Sliced thin they can be used to add spice and a refreshing crispness to tacos, sandwiches, pasta and pizza. They can be roasted, braised, grilled or pickled. Their flavor pairs well with butter, cream based sauces, fresh herbs, lemon, onion and shellfish. To store keep Red radishes dry and refrigerated. For best texture and flavor use within one to two weeks.