Easter Egg Radishes

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Radishes. A sign of spring. Easter Egg radishes. Full of flavor, a burst of color, crunchy, delicious, and yes...nutritious. Radishes are a root vegetable, a member of the brassica (cruciferous) family, like broccoli and cabbage.  

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.

Storing  

The greens should be removed from the root prior to storing, prolonging the life of each. Store the bulbs  covered with a damp paper towel in an airtight container in the refrigerator. covered with a Wrap the bulb wrapped in a damp paper towel and sealed in a plastic bag for around a week or two. The greens will only keep for a few days, wrapped in a paper towel and sealed in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.  

Preparing

Scrub the outside of the bulbs with a veggie wash and scrub gently with a vegetable brush. Add to salads, serve as an appetizer, steamed, sauteed, stir-fried, roasted.  The greens can be washed in a salad spinner with veggie wash and spun.  Add greens to soups, saute, stirfry, eggs, or mixed with your green salad.  

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-Dawn Swope, CHHC, AADP, BA