Finish Your Radishes!

You may have already realized that the topics I write about this time of year are directly related to our locally grown produce.  Most often I have a specific request.  Toward the end of summer it may at first seem as though it takes a bit more effort to find something interesting to highlight because the popular veggies and herbs have already been mentioned. Having said that we almost forgot the radish!   Do you/did you forget the radish, too?

It seems in my experience that radishes are overlooked much of the time.  Can you remember being told to finish your radishes before you can leave the dinner table?  It seems to be the last thing left on the crudité platter if it is included at all.  The radish is usually appreciated for it’s pretty color and ease of cutting into a pretty flower.  It accompanies but is seldom the main event.  Is this true for you as well?  Today I am featuring the radish.  It IS the main event.  Honestly, never have I considered the radish as a powerful food, until now.  It was not on my radar.  The only reason I have purchased the radish was to add color to my crudité platter.  The only other time I have radishes is when they are included in my CSA box (Community Supported Agriculture- a way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer.  A farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public, typically consisting of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included, each week throughout farming season.  The advantage to the consumer is eating ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits, getting exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking, developing a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown).  As a member of the cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, radishes have amazing health benefits.  It is time to start paying more attention to the radish:

5 Reasons to eat your radishes:

1.     Detoxifying-helps to break down and eliminate toxins,

2.     Digestive Aid- helps to relieve bloating and indigestion and aids in the digestive process,

3.     Low in calories and high in nutrients,

4.     Nourishing and hydrating- high vitamin C, Folate, fiber, riboflavin, and potassium,

5.     Cruciferous- helps to eliminate the cancer-causing free radicals.  Radishes contain many phytonutrients that aid in cancer prevention.

The radish offers a peppery flavor with lots of crunch.  They come in many shapes and sizes.  Not only are they used in culinary, but medicinally as well, like all real food.  The radish greens can be eaten as well of course.  To keep the radish fresh, remove the greens prior to storing, wash, and wrap in a damp paper towel prior to sealing them in a container or plastic bag.  They can be eaten raw, roasted, broiled, shredded, chopped, sliced.  Don’t forget to eat your radishes today.  Please click on the "recipes" button for some delicious ideas.