Every week, the Producer’s Market provides a substantial amount of my produce for home-cooked meals, smoothies, and snacks. This trip, I picked up some gorgeous watermelon radishes (among many other delicious things). I’ve seen them in the supermarket before, but never of such large, voluptuous quality. Local is always better, watermelon radishes are no exception.
I wasn’t quite sure what to do with them at first. Other than stare, that is. Upon the slicing of the first root, I was flabbergasted. The colors were so vibrant, I couldn’t believe it was REAL food. It’s amazing to me that food scientists will use all kinds of artificial dyes and additives (bugs even!!) to create colors that we can already find elsewhere… You just gotta know where to look. ;)
My phone doesn’t even do these beauties justice. They remind me of tie-dyes or gemstones.. Both things that are all too precious to my heart. Not to mention this electric pink has always been one of my favorite colors. Watermelons my favorite fruit. Radishes one of my favorite… Sorry, I digress..
Prettiest Pickled Watermelon Radishes
- 1 bunch medium local organic watermelon radishes
- 1 cup white distilled vinegar (You can also use white wine or rice vinegar)
- 1/2 cup filtered water
- 1 tbs sea salt
- 1 tbs organic sugar
- 1 tbs red pepper flakes
Slice your radishes as thinly as possible. I used a knife, but a mandoline slicer would work excellent! (Just be careful!!!!) Add the vinegar, water, salt, sugar, and pepper flakes to a large glass jar. Shake until the salt and sugar are dissolved. Add your radish slices until the jar is filled, making sure they are covered with liquid. Tighten on the lid and refrigerate for several hours (or overnight).
The color will bleed out of the radishes, leaving you with fluorescent pink pickles and juice! You can add red or white onions, jalapenos, or other spices to create a unique tasting pickle if you prefer! They are spicy, delicious, and I cannot wait to eat them atop some tacos or tucked into a sandwich!
Let me know what you think! Namaste!