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WTF: What's That Food? (updated)

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You might not have had today’s exact WTF ingredient, but you’ve most likely had something very similar (perhaps in a salad). These crunchy morsels have a surprise red center and are at their best from fall until late winter. Any guesses? See the answer after the jump.

It’s a Beauty Heart Asian radish, also known as a watermelon radish.

These colorful treats are crunchier, sweeter, and less spicy than the red Cherry Belle radishes that Americans are used to. Thinly slice these to make a salad more festive or use them as a fun substitute for beet chips.

When choosing a radish, pick one no larger than a tennis ball and free of cracks. To make sure the inside is pink without cutting it open, look for pinkness at the taproot.

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