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Icicle radish has a thin white skin and offers a mild radish flavor and crisp texture. This long rooted radish is typically about four to six inches in length and capped with edible greens. The pure white flesh of the Icicle radish is less piquant than the common red radish. Roasting the Icicle radish will bring out a subtly sweet flavor.
Icicle radishes are typically available year-round.
The Icicle radish (Raphanus sativus), is a spring cultivator and a member of the Brassicaceae family along with cabbages, turnips and watercress. Also known as White Naples, White Italian, the Long White and White Transparent, the Icicle radish is a popular companion garden radish when growing pumpkins and squash as it is a natural deterrent of squash bugs. This specific variety of radish is also celebrated for its resistance to become pithy as many other radishes tend to do with age.
Icicle radishes contain vitamins C and B6, ascorbic acid and calcium. Like many radishes Icicle radishes contain active enzymes that aid in digestion. The edible leaves of the Icicle radish are rich in vitamin C, beta carotene, calcium and iron as well.
Diced, sliced or slivered, raw Icicle radishes add crispy texture to salads and relishes. Use to add a peppery accent to tacos, sandwiches, and soups. They can be grilled, braised or roasted. Shred or grate and use as a condiment for sushi and sashimi. Use when making kimchee or pickled carrots. The greens of the Icicle radish can be used in salads, or added to soups, stir-fries and curries. Serve whole as a crudité alongside cream based dips, softened butter, or soft cheeses. To store keep Icicle radishes refrigerated and use within one week.
In the Greek language the word "radish" translates to mean "fast appearing", a nod to the roots rapid germination rate.
Icicle type radishes are believed to have first been grown in physic gardens in the 1600’s where they were studied for their medicinal applications. Like many varieties of radish the Icicle radish grows quickly and is typically mature twenty-seven days after planting from seed. Icicle radishes are easy to grow and because of their slender size are a popular variety for small gardens.
Recipes that include Icicle Radish. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Madame Huang's Kitchen||Fried Icicle Radish Pastries|
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Little Italy Mercato
Suzie's FarmNear San Diego, California, United States
About 189 days ago, 4/16/16
Spotter's comments : Icicle Radishes spotted at Little Italy Mercato.