Thank you Borough Market for continuing to supply me with food items when I thought that I was on the verge of running out. Today’s post concerns two vegetables that, whilst both can be used in salads, are probably not used together all too often. There’s no way for me to properly prove this, but I like the idea of doing something a bit different.
The first thing worth noting is that beauty heart radishes (also known as watermelon radishes) are possibly the prettiest vegetables that I have ever bought. From the outside they just look like a spherical turnip but the insides are incredibly vibrant. In terms of colour, it’s like cutting into a small watermelon albeit a pinker and seedless one.
As for the purslane… well there’s nothing too interesting about them when it comes to looks. However…
There is something interesting about the purslane in terms of taste. You see, the taste of purslane varies depending on the location. Since this variety was grown near the sea (and cost me £4.80!) it tasted salty.
You’d have thought that, after sampling samphire, I would be used be used to a vegetable tasting different to how it looked. Nope. I was taken aback by the sudden shock of salt when I first bit into the leaves. This would basically make cooked purslane the perfect substitute for spinach as you wouldn’t have to salt it.
Then there’s the radish. So… prior to today, I had forgotten that I’ve never really eaten radishes before. Mainly because some of the radishes I saw back in the day was very peppery (and a 10 year old me had no idea how to deal with that).
These beauty heart radishes are a lot milder than regular radishes, with the exterior of the radish being the spiciest… but that’s only the level of some tame rocket. The interior is subtler in terms of pepperiness and is actually a bit earthy with the slightest hint of sweetness. I don’t know if this is something I am going to be able to say about all radishes going forward, but I may need to rethink my position on this vegetable as, surprisningly, I really liked it.