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Mardi Gras Radish
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The Mardi Gras radish mix includes three shades of radishes: white, yellow and purple. They are harvested when young and petite, offering a pleasant balance of sweetness and spice. The white radishes are the mildest and have the finest texture, while the purple variety is a bit earthier with more of a classic radish bite. The mix is sold with the stems and leaves intact which also offer a peppery bite.
The Mardi Gras radish mix is available year-round with peak season during the spring and fall months.
The common radish is botanically classified as Raphanus sativus and is a member of the Brassicaceae or Cruciferae family. Mardi Gras is classified as a table or spring type radish, a category of radishes that are the most popular type on the market in the United States today. The Mardi Gras radish is actually a specialty seed blend of petite purple, yellow and white radish varieties.
Mardi Gras radishes offer a significant amount of vitamin C in both the root of the radish and the leafy greens.
Mardi Gras radish is most commonly used in its raw, uncooked form though it can also be used in cooked applications. Mardi Gras radishes are perfectly sized to be served as an appetizer or crudité. They can be served whole with or without the greens attached alongside dips or with softened butter and sea salt. To help aid the smooth round radishes in their dip picking up ability mark the tip of each radish with an X using a knife. Additionally, Mardi Gras radishes can be sliced thin and used to top bread or crackers spread with butter and salt. Sliced radishes can also be used in salads, sandwiches, and Mexican dishes such as enchiladas, tostadas and tacos. Mardi Gras radishes are also perfect for pickling and using as a relish or condiment. To store keep Mardi Gras radishes refrigerated and use within one week.
Mardi Gras radish like Easter egg radishes are sold as a bouquet type bundle. Once grown and harvested the grower bundles the mixed colors together in a bouquet that can then be packed for distribution or sold at the farmers market. These mixed bouquets of radishes date back to the vegetable markets of France potentially as early as the 1800’s where growers would bundle together whatever colors they had available at the time and sell as an astatically pleasing radish mix.
Mardi Gras radish bouquets first appeared on the market in 2015. The seeds are sold in a mix pack consisting of purple, yellow and white radishes. Like many radish types Mardi Gras thrive best in mild to cool climates free of frost and extreme heat. Mardi Gras are a relatively new and still rare mixed radish variety and as result have a limited availability. When available radishes such as these are grown today predominantly in Florida, California and Guatemala though they can be grown anywhere that climates are mild enough.