Have you heard? Radishes are an easy and inexpensive superfood. Not only do radishes make a delicious appetizer, they also serve as a breath freshener, laxative, and metabolism regulator. People who regularly eat radishes see an improvement in blood circulation, and radishes are known as a homeopathic treatment for headaches, acidity, constipation, nausea, obesity, sore throat, gastric problems, gallstones, and dyspepsia. They’ve also been noted to help boost immune systems, improve respiratory conditions including asthma and sinusitis, and they detoxify kidneys, livers and gallbladders. They are packed with antioxidants and fall into the brassica family, which are linked to helping fight cancer.
Spring is prime radish season, so if you aren’t growing any in your garden, be sure to pick some up at the farmer’s market or the grocery store. A popular way to snack on radishes is to simply slice them up, dip them in olive oil and sprinkle them lightly with salt, but there are many ways to incorporate radishes into your meals.
- Sliced thin and served on buttered toast or bread
- Grilled, sauteed or oven roasted with a little olive oil and sea salt.
- Quick pickled and served with tacos
- Chopped, mixed with cream cheese, and spread on crackers
- Chopped up with oranges and tomatoes to make a fresh salsa
- Mix them into tuna, chicken or egg salad to add a little crunch.
- Use the greens in salads, soups, stews and curries in place of other greens.