Friday Food Feature | The Radish
While dining out with friends recently at British food restaurant Bumpkin, we enjoyed some tasty vegetable sticks as part of an appetiser, which included radish. I’ve certainly had radish before sliced up and tossed into a salad or added to a stir fry, but I don’t think I have ever just bitten into a whole one before. It was crisp, fresh, peppery and the crunchiness quite addictive!
Since they are seasonal in the UK from April to October, I decided to celebrate ‘the last of the season’ by throwing out some of the tasty health benefits of the radish before diving into the Autumnal seasonal vege next time.
For my Southern hemispherian followers, keep an eye out for this vege so you can add it to your Summer salads!
So, why should we add Radish to our shopping basket?
- This small vege packs quite a bit of nutritional punch: Vitamin C, Iron, Potassium, Zinc, Magnesium, Folic Acid and Vitamin B6. Folic Acid is particularly important to pregnant women and crucial to the development of a baby’s spinal cord.
- The 1 Calorie Snack: Radishes are low in calories, one radish is equals to one calorie, and low in cholesterol. They contribute to your daily dietary fibre needs and are Low GI for slow released energy. Overall this makes them great for snacking on at your desk.
- Digestive enzyme Diostase, along with the rest of this vitamin, mineral and fibre rich food, helps to promote digestive health.
- Cancer fighting properties… research has suggested that dark coloured fruits and vegetables can help protect against some forms of cancer, down to the antioxidant called anthocyanins. Radish extract has been shown to reduce the spread of stomach and breast cancer cells.
…early records of Europeans eating radishes show that the French would eat radish at the start of a meal to cleanse the palate.
…Ancient Greece served radish with honey and vinegar.
…Construction workers in Ancient Egypt were paid in radishes.
…Britain didn’t begin cultivating the radish until the 16th century.
That’s great, but how can we eat it?
Indian Spiced Radishes & Pumpkin
Radish Detox Juices
Radish, Feta and Baby Leaves Salad