The radish (Raphanus sativus) which “occupies a far more exalted position in Oriental cultures” (Joy Larkcom) than in European food circles, seems to be making a comeback this year. “We are starting to see radish appetisers, roasted radishes and other musings with the vegetable on menus”, says Andrew Freeman, president of restaurant consulting firm AF&Co.
Radishes are super healthy
Gut health is becoming an increasingly popular area of our physical selves to be taking good care of and radishes are a secret weapon against bad bacteria and funguses in our guts. They contain natural isothiocyanates, such as mustard oils, which help to protect our digestive system and are also responsible for the sharp, pungent, peppery flavour, ranging from mild in the case of white icicles to very hot in red globe and other pigmented varieties.
Radishes are extremely powerful when it comes to nutritional benefits. Loaded with the important minerals potassium, calcium and iron they are full of vitamins A, B1, B2 and 100g can provide 25% of the daily recommended intake of Vitamin C. Radishes contain mostly water (94%) and therefore 100g of them contains only 15 calories, which makes them an ideal food for slimming diets.