rad·​ish | \ ˈra-dish also ˈre- \

Definition of radish

: the pungent usually crisp root of a widely cultivated Eurasian plant (Raphanus sativus) of the mustard family usually eaten raw also : a plant that produces radishes

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Penny Martin, Mars’ head of color science, has since spent hundreds of hours experimenting with radishes and red cabbages to make red Skittles without the artificial dye Red 40. Heather Haddon, WSJ, "Anyone for Diglycerides? Anyone? Food Scientists Are Getting Fed Up With Picky Eaters," 12 Oct. 2018 Toss vegetables in dressing along with radishes; fold in chopped cilantro leaves. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Summer Bean, Corn, and Radish Salad," 25 July 2018 Rempel Family Farm will have baby carrots and zucchini this week, along with radishes, kales, snow apple turnips, spinach, arugula and other items. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Scrumptious strawberries and the beginning of zucchini season," 4 July 2018 Remarkable dishes at the brewery’s newish Fortville brasserie and taproom have recently included seared salmon on sweet corn custard with sautéed radishes and tomato relish. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Every restaurant you'll try at IndyStar Wine & Food Experience," 25 June 2018 For a really wild choice try the Waffle of Chaos, a Belgian waffle loaded with bacon, avocado, radishes, cheddar jack cheese, a sunny-side up egg and Sriracha maple syrup ($14). Samantha Nelson, RedEye Chicago, "14 new brunches to brighten your Chicago summer," 31 May 2018 Top bowls with the sliced radishes, avocado, pea shoots or microgreens, herbs and pistachios, if using. Ann Maloney, NOLA.com, "The time is ripe for salad bowl dinners: Easy, fresh recipes," 8 May 2018 Add daikon radishes and simmer until edges soften, 3 minutes. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Simplest Leek Soup Recipe Is Also the Best," 29 Oct. 2018 Cut 1 bunch radishes in half and arrange on a platter. Andy Baraghani, Bon Appetit, "Slow-Roasted Onion Dip," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of radish

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for radish

Middle English, alteration of Old English rædic, from Latin radic-, radix root, radish — more at root

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English Language Learners Definition of radish

: a small, round vegetable that is red or white, is eaten raw in salads, and has a sharp spicy taste; also : the plant that produces this vegetable


rad·​ish | \ ˈra-dish \

Kids Definition of radish

: a small roundish crisp root that has a sharp flavor and is usually eaten raw as a vegetable

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