Freaky Fruit: Black Radishes

February 13, 2011 at 12:39 am 2 comments

Black radishes

© Photo by Margarida Correia. Black radishes on sale for $2 a pound at the Union Square Greenmarket in New York City.

A black radish?  Who knew?

The winter version of the more familiar red radish — which grows in spring and summer — is available at Paffenroth Gardens at the Union Square Greenmarket for $2 a pound.

The black radishes are round and beautiful, but think twice about eating them raw with a little salt, as the farm suggests.  They don’t make for a tasty treat – no matter how much salt you use.  It might be better to grate them and add them to soups and stews.

Radishes, according to Wikipedia, are rich in ascorbic acid, folic acid, and potassium.  And they’re a good source of vitamin B6, riboflavin, magnesium, copper and calcium.

For more “Freaky Fruit” – the unusual bounty spotted at Greenmarkets throughout the city – click here, here and here.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. mary kirkpatrick  |  October 2, 2011 at 12:52 am

    I love them raw.

  • 2. Lala  |  December 6, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    You eat them raw with salt or add to salads. It’s good for cough. Grate add honey or sugar into it . The released juice is a great for cough. 3-5 times a day a tablespoon. 🙂

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