Which Radishes Are Best for Snacking? For Pickling?

Anything I can dip in butter and salt is my idea of a perfect food. That’s why I love radishes—from French Breakfasts, with their diminutive size and oblong shape (fine, they’re my favorite), to spicy Easter Eggs and the mild tasting but visually vibrant watermelon radish. Here, the 5 types of radishes you should know about (clockwise from left):


Prized for its stunning inner beauty (and sturdiness), it’s best shaved raw or lightly pickled.

Cherry Belle

The red, round supermarket radish. Slice thin and toss into salads or onto tacos.

French Breakfast

Mild in flavor and ultra-crunchy, great for eating raw as well as roasting.

Easter Egg

Can be red, pink, white, or purple in color; similar in taste and texture to Cherry Belle.

Black Spanish

The spiciest of them all; excellent for pickling or grating (like you would horseradish).

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Our Guide, from French Breakfasts to Easter Eggs