Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Pickled Red Onion and Watermelon Radish


I forgot I even planted watermelon radish until I noticed them bulging out the top of the soil in one of my raised beds while looking for peppers to pickle this weekend.  Some of them were huge, nearly the size of rutabaga.

I've never grown radish before.  I'm not sure why.  They are known to be one of the easiest, fastest things to grow in the garden.  But when I think of radishes I think of those limp circular slices thrown on every bad salad I've ever eaten.  I've tasted them, but they always seem bland.  This year when I received the list of seeds in the media kit from Renee's Garden, the watermelon radish really jumped out at me.  Now this is coming from a person who knows nothing about radish so be sure to keep it in context.  But this radish is larger than the typical tiny radishes.  From what I've read, you can harvest them at any size.  Mine were much larger than I expected but again, it was due to my negligence.  Cut the radish in half  and you'll find the center is a beautiful marbled watermelon color.  I'll confess, I didn't try these before I pickled them but maybe a commenter can tell us what they taste like compared to other radishes.

Since there was no way I could eat all the watermelon radish I harvested before they went bad, I decided to pickle them.  While reading the pickling recipe in Grow Great Grub I was really inspired by the beautiful pink color of her pickled red onion and cauliflower so I decided to to try the red onions with my watermelon radish.  It's a stunning pink.


  • white vinegar
  • water
  • kosher salt
  • sugar
  • Penzey's pickling spice
  • Weck jars
I can't wait to try them although I've no idea what to eat this with other than on a salad.  Suggestions?

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