The Raphanus Sativus, or more commonly referred to as the radish, is a delicious root vegetable classified within the Bassicaceae family. Not merely tasty on a salad or sandwich, the health benefits of theses small vegetables abound. The radish was first produced in Europe before the pre-Roman era. Many radishes of differing types are grown all over the world. Most commonly know as a salad ingredient, they are also produced for the healthy benefits apparently retreived from the oil within them. So, they are not only tasty, but good for your body.
Spring or Summer radishes are also referred to as European radishes. They are generally planted in cool weather and relatively small with a breif three to four week cultivation window. The entire plant is actually edible, but the tops are usually removed when diced and added to stews, salads and other European dishes.
Radishes are quite high in ascorbic acid, folic acid and they are also a rich source of potassium, riboflavin, magnesium, and calcium. Like the banana, they are also a great source of potassium.
The radish is generally a diuretic, but also aids in the treatment of inflammation and eases urination. Therefore, it is often used as a homeopathic remedy for urinary disorders. Radishes also contain a good source of lycopene, which scientific studies have shown to drastically reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
Additionally, many skin disorders have been treated with this vegetable as it appears to help retain moisture in the skin and also acts as a productive disinfectant. So, not only is the radish a solid source of fiber and roughage aiding in digestion, but it contains many detoxifying characteristics.
As you can see, the small radish may be cute and tasty, but also has many health benefits. Simply make sure to clean your radishes thoroughly and refrigeration is recommended. Add them to your salad generously and enjoy, knowing they are indeed good for you in many ways.