Radishes: Small and Mighty

standard February 23, 2015 Leave a response

Everyone has a list of foods they just do not like. Either by not ever having eaten it, trying it once in a really bad dish, or by just not liking it after trying it over and over (can anyone say okra?) Radishes were a food I tried once and just didn’t get. Thankfully, it keeps popping up in other recipes I have liked over the years, and I’ve now had it in CSA deliveries on a regular basis. Its crunchy, peppery flavor is perfect in salads, tacos, dips, and sandwiches. And with a few different varieties, there are countless ways to try this small but mighty vegetable.

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Nutrition:

Whether it’s the traditional white or red radish, Japanese daikon, watermelon radish, or Spanish black radish, this little root vegetable packs a lot of nutrition into each crunchy bite. A single radish comes in at just one calorie, and half a cup contains a whopping nine calories, along with a handful of fiber, folate, potassium, and a significant amount of vitamin C.

Benefits:

Radishes have a high water content, and are thus a very hydrating food. Their low-calorie and high fiber ratio aid in fullness, weight loss, and digestion. The high vitamin C content works to prevent and fight illness and disease. Their nutritional makeup also makes they a terrific detoxifying food, calming the digestive system, and purifying and soothing organs.

Recipes:

Give radishes another chance with one of these bright and flavorful recipes:

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