I’ve never been a huge fan of radishes, I can take them or leave them. I like spicy but not necessarily radish spicy. You know? I was told they aren’t spicy if grown early enough… So this year I decided to give them a go. I know Amanda loves them and she’d help eat them. Well, guess what? Amanda isn’t here and we were gone for a week and the radishes are beyond ready!
These are actually the smaller ones I plan on eating.
They grew big and spicy while we were gone. I had read that when cooked they get really sweet. And since we have more than we can eat at once…. I decided to try roasting some.
serves two or three as written (half a recipe, pictured)
Scrub clean, one bunch, or about 20 radishes.
Cut off and reserve the greens, leaving about 1/2″ of them intact. Trim off the root end.
Slice down the center.
In a bowl, toss them in 1-2 TBS of olive oil and salt and pepper generously.
Spread face down in an over safe dish.
In the meantime, clean the radish greens well, as you would lettuce greens. Use the larger ones to cook as you would kale, collards, or turnip greens. You can add the smaller. raw greens to a green salad for a little spiciness, similar to arugula.
Slice a few of the smaller greens up and toss the into the hot radishes, stirring gently. Add a bit of lemon zest and a squeeze of lemon juice over the top.
And enjoy. But I won’t have to tell you that.
These are SO good! Especially if you like turnips.
No matter how you like your radishes, do you realize how powerful a punch these little beauties pack? Go ahead
Cancer: Being a very good detoxifier and rich in vitamin-C, folic and anthocyanins, radish helps prevent many types of cancer, particularly those of colon, kidney, intestines, stomach and oral cancer.
Weight Loss: Radishes are very filling, satisfies your hunger without giving you many calories, as they are low in digestible carbohydrates, high in fiber and contain a lot of water.
Jaundice: Radish is very good for the liver and the stomach and it is a very good detoxifier too, that is, it purifies blood. It is miraculously useful in jaundice as it helps removing bilirubin and also checks its production.
Kidney Disorders: Being diurectic, cleanser and disinfectant, they help cure many kidney disorders. Its diurectic properties help wash away the toxins accumulated in the kidneys.
Respiratory Disorders, Bronchitis and Asthma: Radish is an anti congestive, i.e. it relieves congestion of respiratory system including nose, throat, wind-pipe and lungs, due to cold, infection, allergies and other causes. It is a good disinfectant and also rich in vitamins, which protects the respiratory system from infections.
Skin Disorders: Vitamin-C, phosphorus, zinc and some members of vitamin-B complex, which are present in radish, are good for skin. The water in it helps maintaining moisture of the skin. Smashed raw radish is a very good cleanser and serves as a very efficient face mask. Due to its disinfectant properties, radishes also helps cure skin disorders, such as drying up, rashes, cracks etc. and also refreshes it.
Fever: It brings down the body temperature and relieves inflammation due to fever. Drink radish juice mixed with black salt. Being a good disinfectant, it also fights infections which cause fever, thereby helping cure it.
Insect Bites: It has anti pruritic properties and can be used as an effective treatment for insect bites, stings of bees, hornets, wasps etc. Its juice also reduces pain and swelling and soothes the affected area.
Go ahead, eat more radishes!