The Unsung Vegetable – The Radish

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Most people are not fond of vegetables.  Let’s be honest, it’s likely to be the last option for you at a buffet table and once you do reach the vegetable selection, the Radish would be even further down the list as a possible option.  The same could be said of shopping for vegetables, with Radishes probably being the last to be considered.  But you could be overlooking a vegetable that has many benefits.

Radishes

Radishes is a root vegetable with a sweet peppery natural flavour.  Again, another reason why many tend to avoid them but there are many benefits to eating radishes and there are delicious ways to serve them.  Let’s take a look first at the many important benefits of the Radish:-

Aids Digestion
Radishes are a natural cleansing agent for the digestive system, helping to break down and eliminate stagnant food and toxins built up over time.

Relieves Indigestion
Radishes have a calming effect on the digestive system and can help relieve bloating and indigestion.

Sooth Sore Throats
Their pungent flavour and natural spice can help eliminate excess mucus in the body and can be especially helpful when fighting a cold.  Radishes can help clear the sinuses and soothe sore throats too.

Prevents Viral Infections
Because of their high vitamin C content and natural cleansing effects, regular consumption of radishes can help prevent viral infections.

Radish DishProtects Against Cancer
As a member of the cruciferous vegetable family (same as broccoli and cabbage) radishes contain phytonutrients, fibre, vitamins and minerals that are cancer protecting.

Naturally Cooling
Radishes are a naturally cooling food and perfect for decreasing excess heat in the body. Perfect if you live in a warm climate or holidaying somewhere hot.

Keeps You Hydrated
With a high water content and lots of vitamin C as well as phosphorus and zinc, radishes are a nourishing food for the tissues and can help keep your body hydrated and your skin looking fresh and healthy all summer long.

If you’re a keen gardener or are lucky enough to have green fingers, radishes are really easy to grow. The Roots are ready in about four weeks from sowing. You can sow radish seeds every 2 weeks throughout summer to add to your salads:-

http://www.rhs.org.uk/Gardening/Grow-Your-Own/Veg-A-to-Z/Radish

If you are unable to grow your own Radishes, they cost around 50p for a 200g bag in any of the leading supermarkets in the UK.

Radish Dish

Radishes can be served in a variety of ways, not just in a salad. For inspiration, take a look at Martha Stewart’s delicious Radish recipes (we particularly like the Buttery Shrimp and Radish Pasta):-

http://www.marthastewart.com/274898/radish-recipes/@center/1009726/spring-produce#355413

We hope this article will encourage you to take a look at the Radish and even, dare we say it, be one of your main options when deciding what vegetables to add to your plate. Look out for them as they won’t be centre stage on most dining tables.

(7 benefits of the Radish published and taken from www.fullcircle.com)

10. April 2014 by admin
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The Unsung Vegetable – The Radish

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