Bordeaux Radish: The Giant of the Radish Family

IMG_0141Most people’s idea of radishes are small and red or maybe if you are asian white (daikon) but up until last Saturday I had no idea a radish could be huge and purple.

As you can see from the above picture these radish were the size of a small melon.  Purple through and through with a sharp pic crunch.  One radish would give you more radish than you would get if you bought a bunch of traditional radishes. IMG_0142Union Square market here in NYC is the largest weekly farmers market, it caters to a large cross-section of shoppers with a heavy emphasis on selling to restaurants.  One way to distinguish yourself is to sell unique, rare or hard to grow items.  It’s one of the things that I love about going to Union Square market: every visit is an exploration into a world full of surprises.  IMG_0140These are a new breed of radish grown in Hawaii and Korea and are sold by Bodhi Tree Farm at the market.

I thought they were french when I started to write this post, given the name. In all my research the only reason I can find to why they named this Asian radish after the famous wine making region of France is because it has a similar taste profile to french breakfast radishes?

France, Paris in particular is very much on my mind today after the senseless and tragic events that unfolded their last night. My heart goes out to the people of Paris today in the wake of the tragic violence perpetrated on the innocent people of that great city.

Vive la France

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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