The root crop belongs to the mustard family (Cruciferae). It comes in several varieties, sizes, and colors. A fast harvest cycle, and growable in all 4 seasons, makes the radish more worthy than just its garnish appeal. A sharp, earthy taste explodes from the fresh, raw radish when bitten into. Put some salt and pepper on it, and it helps digestion and eliminates acidity. Just add some salt on it, have twice a day, and a tummy ache is cured.
The health benefits of radish are numerous. Digestive advantages can be explained like this. It increases the flow of bile to improve digestion, so the gallbladder and liver are benefited. One suggestion to aid digestion is to make a tea from the radish leaves. Put a handful of leaves in boiling water, then remove the pan from heat, cover it, and let the leaves simmer for 20 minutes. Strain the liquid into a cup, add honey if so desired, and drink.
Besides stimulating bile, the radish has laxative properties, probably because of the many vitamins found in it. Some of them are:
- and vitamin C.
To grow radishes, you can purchase radish seeds. They come in: red, white, black, purple, rose, and lavender colors. They are available to grow in each season, so research what you want, and then harvest a bountiful, healthy radish. One added plus is that radish seeds can be mixed among slower growing crops seeds.
The Daikon radish is a Japanese radish found in most grocery stores produce department. Dai means large and kon means root. This can be used like a radish. It can be eaten raw in radish salads, simmered, baked, stir-fried or grilled. It is very versatile. Anti-flamatory and anti-oxident features prevail in this large root.
The nutritional value of radishes includes phytochemicals and complex carbs which equals blood glucose control which equals a low G.I. or glycemic index. A key point here is that middle-aged people following a low G.I. diet may be less likely to get heart disease or diabetes. Low G.I. foods also help people to lose weight. The glycemic index is (briefly) the foods true physiological effect on blood sugar levels in the body. The lower the G.I. the better.
A nummy recipe for good health is this simple one:
1 medium daikon radish
Shred radish. Heat garlic oil in 9" skillet until hot. Fry radish until golden brown. Remove using slotted spoon, and drain on paper plate. Sprinkle with salt, or your favorite seasoned salt. Nummmy!