Thursday, October 7, 2010

Watermelon Radishes at Kiteley's Farm Market

Kiteley's Farm Market in Charlevoix, MI offers the usual suspects when it comes to produce and sometimes they offer some of the more unusual veggies for the daring or budding gourmet.

"Watermelon" radishes are just one of the discriminating varieties that customers and restaurants alike have enjoyed at the farm this year. “Red Meat” is another name for this radish but I think “Watermelon” does a better job of describing plus you have to admit it just sounds more appetizing and maybe even a bit exotic.
This is the first year they have grown these little rascals and Sue couldn’t wait to show me. I of course an enthusiastic audience; I mean just look at these, what is not exciting about them? Cut them in half and they look just like a tiny watermelon without the seeds of course.

Sue tells me that they are a great keeper after being picked; just cut off the greens which are edible (but only keep for 2-3 days) and toss the topless mini melons in the bottom of the crisper drawer in the refrigerator. They will stay crisp and tasty for a couple of weeks. The flavor is intense and sweet; just what you would expect from a radish parading as a itsy bitsy water melon. Cut them up and serve them with a dip, slice and pile them on a sandwich or shred over a salad for a color burst of flavor and texture. Sauté the greens with a little garlic and as you thin the crop use the young micro greens (with bulbs attached) in salads. This variety of radish is best grown in summer and fall and reaches a mature size of 2-4” in about 50 days. Harvest before the bulbs get old and woody. For a continual harvest, sow seeds every 2-3 weeks. To keep the greens flea beetle free, Sue covers the seed bed with a row cover.

These radishes are not only cute they are good for you too. So what are you waiting for? Order some seeds today from: and get sowin.


meemsnyc said...

Oh wow, I so want to try growing these. I don't like radishes because of their peppery taste but a sweet one would be awesome. Thanks for the tip.

Cindy Shapton said...

I came back inspired to plant "watermelon" radishes as well... and now I think I see a test plot in my future with other speciality radishes just for fun!

Julie said...

Now that's a radish I might actually get the husband to eat. Sounds yummy and pretty to boot! Very cool Cindy!

p.s. E's nursery for J is sooo precious! Waiting anxiously for good news.

Cindy Shapton said...

I wonder if any local farmers are growing this radish? I guess I should look at the Farmer's Market...

ps Em does a great job...J should make his debut in the near future, hope he can wait for cici to get some fall garden chores finished first! :) I don't Em is thinking that though - lol