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Both a radish and a root vegetable – the watermelon radish

Who has heard of the watermelon radish? The people who have, love that it’s a radish and a root vegetable; it is derived from the heirloom Chinese Daikon radish. The watermelon radish resembles the fruit it's named after: the watermelon.

With white and green skin, and a pink middle, the watermelon radish definitely could not be mistaken for a chunk of watermelon, but its uncanny resemblance is certainly quaint, adorable, and of course, Insta-worthy.

Despite its name, the watermelon radish doesn’t taste like watermelon — it simply gets its name from its physical appearance, also known as a likeness to the pink-and-green watermelon we all know and love.

As previously mentioned, watermelon radishes are root vegetables. Its leaves are high in vitamins, while their flesh is a good source of calcium, according to Organic Authority. Radishes also contain trace amounts of riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, vitamin K, magnesium, zinc, phosphorous, copper, manganese, and sodium, according to Healthline. Radishes are also proven to lower blood pressure, fight cancer, and reduce stress, with potential links to gastrointestinal benefits. by preventing gastric ulcers and inflammation.

Source: greenmatters.com

 

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