Now available for your shopping convenience at the Hamilton Farmers’ Market are Ontario Radishes. Radishes are root vegetables that look like beets or turnips but have a peppery flavour.
There are several different types of radishes available: red, black, and white. The most common red radish is usually round or oval measuring between 2–3 cm in diameter. The exterior skin is always red, but the interior has a firm, & crunchy flesh can be white or red.
Some fun facts about Ontario Radishes:
- Radish leaves are also edible
- The radish is related to mustard
- They are a good source of Vitamin C
- Ten small radishes equal 8 calories
Buying and storing: Tips to keep your Radishes ripe for longer
The freshest radishes are those sold in bunches with the green tops (leaves) attached. Look for a firm, brightly colored root and healthy leaves. Larger radishes tend to be tough and very tart.
To store bunched radishes, remove the leaves, wrap in plastic and refrigerate. Should be eaten within one week of purchase. To revive those that seem less than firm, immerse in ice water for an hour or two before serving.
- Radishes are usually served on their own or with other raw vegetables.
- They go well with yogurt- and sour-cream-based dips or with guacamole, and they add a peppery flavor to a mixed green salad.
- Radishes when cooked taste excellent in soups, ragouts, sautéed or stir-fried.
- Radish can also be marinated to enhance flavours
- You can roast radishes like you would turnips, which mellows out their tart and brings out their sweetness. Or simmer them in water, white wine, garlic, onion and thyme for a great side dish. They also make a great relish for pork chops with cilantro, onion, orange juice, lime juice, and vegetable oil.
Radishes are in season from May to November in Ontario & you can find them right now at the Hamilton Farmers’ Market. Come enjoy Ontario Radishes & many other amazing Ontario local produce. Plan your trip to the Market today.