Wednesday, March 5, 2014

March 'Harvest of the Month' in cafeterias: Easter Egg Radishes from Suzie's Farm

Helping mark National Nutrition Month, Easter Egg radishes are the featured Harvest of the Month vegetable on San Diego Unified School District salad bars during March. Watch video»

Fresh radishes Just like Easter Eggs, these delightful little munchies come in a variety of colors and are a fun addition to kids' lunch.

The organic rainbow-colored radishes are coming from Suzie’s Farm, located in the Tijuana River Valley just north of the International Border, where Robin Taylor and Lucila de Alejandro’s California Certified Organic farm has been producing organic fruits, vegetables and edible flowers since 2004.

The Greek name for the radish is Raphanus sativus which means “quickly appearing,” a perfect name for a plant that can go from seed to sprouts in just three days and be fully ready to eat in three to four weeks.

There are many varieties of radishes with ranges in color, size and in flavor from mild-tasting to hot. The flavor is also intensified if the vegetable is left in the ground too long. Radishes provide a good amount of potassium, vitamin C, folate and fiber and are usually eaten raw to add crunch and flavor to salads and many dishes.

Enjoy these colorful radishes on your Kid’s Choice Café and SanDi Coast Café salad bars on Wednesdays in March.
National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.