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amethyst radish

The amethyst radish is the edible root of the amethyst radish (Raphanus sativus) plant. This cruciferous root vegetable is a member of the Brassicaceae family along with turnips and horseradish. If planned correctly successive plantings of amethyst radishes about every two weeks can allow for harvests for the majority of the year.

The amethyst radish is known for its smooth, slightly metallic purple outer skin. The deeply colored skin creates a drastic contrast to the crisp, crunchy white flesh. The amethyst radish root is round and can have a slight taper to a thin taproot. Amethyst radish has a mild spiciness. The green leaves and stems produced by the amethyst radish root are also edible.

Nutritional Value

Amethyst radishes are a good source of dietary fiber, and of Vitamin C and K. Radishes have also been touted to have anti-fungal properties and have been used to promote respiratory and digestive health.

Serving Ideas

Amethyst radishes are a versatile root vegetable that shines fresh, cooked, or pickled. These radishes have a variety of culinary uses adding crunch and spice to sandwiches, salads, salsas, soups; roasted or sautéed as a subdued side to richer meat dishes, or even baked into pastry crust. Traditionally, radishes have been served as crudités with dip, or sliced thinly, sprinkled with salt and eaten on buttered bread. Amethyst radishes also pair well with chives, scallions, onions, salt, avocado, citrus, goat cheese, almonds, and tomatoes. The green radish tops also have culinary uses and can be cooked like other leafy greens or chopped finely into a pesto.

Geography/History

The word "radish" is a derivation of the Latin word "radix," or root. Originating in China they eventually made their way westward. Radishes were a common food in Egypt, even long before the pyramids were built around 2700 B.C. This root crop was popular in ancient Rome as well. It is believed that early settlers like Christopher Columbus brought radishes to America. An unusual and brilliantly colored variety, amethyst radish, grows best in sunny areas and in tilled, sandy soils. Known as a hardy annual this variety of radish is fairly low maintenance and quite easy to grow, with a rapid germination cycle and matures fairly quickly.

Seasons/Availability

Amethyst radishes are available year round with peak season in spring.

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