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24 Sep 2006

Fiery Radishes

The radish is closely related to the mustard plant. Originating in China a couple of thousand years ago and only being taken to the West a few hundred years ago. There are a few varieties, the most common in the West being the small red and white radish in some parts called Red Globe. In the East Daikons are the most popular and they are large, white and generally over one pound in weight.

Radishes are rich in vitamin C, sulphur, iron, and iodine whereas Daikon radishes are more nutritional and are rich in vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, folate, sulphur, iron, and iodine. They also contain a pungent, volatile oil, and enzymes.

Most of the time radishes are only used in salads and as decorations (radish roses) but the sprouts and juice are becoming more and more popular. To make crunchy for salads soak in ice water for an hour. Daikons are generally sliced and cooked.

Radish sprouts have a wonderful peppery flavor and are wonderful added to sandwiches, added to stir frys and added to vegetable smoothies.

Radishes juiced with vegetable juices aid in many medical conditions. Use sparingly as the juice is very strong, hot and spicy.
Indigestion and Stomach : Radish + Carrots + Tomatoes (acidity) Radish + Cabbage + Tomatoes (flatulence)
Gallstones : Beetroot + Radish
High Blood Pressure : Cucumber + Radish + Green Leaves
Kidney Stones : Cucumber + Radish or Carrot + Radish
Liver : Radish + Carrot or Radish + Pineapple
Longevity : Cucumber + Radish + Pepper
Sinusitis and Catarrh : Carrot + Radish + Tomato
Bronchitis and Asthma : Carrot + Radish
Wrinkles : Radish juice eliminates wrinkles
Kidney Stones : Radish + Celery + Tomato

Whether you buy the small Red Globe radishes or a large Daikon it is worth adding a bit of pep to your meals.

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Recipes of the Day

Crispy Oriental Radishes
from the Radish Council

1-1/2 cups radishes, cut in half
1 tbsp rice vinegar
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

In a small bowl, toss radishes with salt. Cover and refrigerate until 1 to 2 tablespoons of water is released, about 30 minutes. Transfer radishes to a strainer, rinse and drain, removing as much salt as possible. Pat dry with a paper towel and return to bowl. Stir in vinegar, black pepper and, if desired, sesame oil. Cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours. Makes one cup.

Couscous and Radish Salad
from Meals for You

1-1/4 cups water
1 cup couscous, uncooked
1/2 tsp. lemon zest
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 tbsps. water
1 tbsps. olive oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 cups radishes, trimmed and quartered
1/2 cup fresh parsley
1/3 cup fresh mint, or 1 tbsps. dried
2 tbsps. scallions, thinly sliced

Bring water to a boil in a covered saucepan. Stir in couscous. Cover, remove from heat and set aside for 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Set aside. Combine the next 5 ingredients and salt and pepper to taste in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake vigorously and set aside. Place radishes in a food processor. Process until radishes are finely chopped. Transfer to a bowl. Process parsley and mint in food processor until minced. Stir into radishes. Transfer couscous to bowl with radishes. Toss. Add dressing and toss again. Serve couscous salad topped with scallions.

Cranberry-Glazed Radishes
from CommunityFarms
Vegetables from Amaranth to Zucchini, by Elizabeth Schneider

¾ cup cranberry juice
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/8 tsp ground allspice or cloves
1/8 tsp pepper
½ tsp sea salt
1 tsp hazelnut, walnut, or olive oil
2 or 3 bunches radishes

Combine everything except radishes in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, trim and wash radishes. Add radishes to liquid, bring to a boil, and cover. Simmer until tender. When tender, uncover and simmer 5 minutes to reduce liquid to a glaze, stirring or shaking often as it gets sticky. Serve hot.

Muji Meluvun (Indian Stir-fried mashed radish)
from Cook it Simply

3.3 lb white radish with leaves
2 cups water
3 tbsp vegetable oil
3 dry red chillies deseeded
1/2 tsp ginger powder
salt to taste
a pinch Asafoetida
1/2 tsp tikka masala, crushed
few cloves

Scrape and wash the radish. Remove the ends and dice. Separate the leaves and chop finely.
Heat the water in a heavy-bottomed pan. Put in the radish and the leaves. Cook for 10 minutes or until soft. Remove from heat and drain the water. Blend the boiled radish and leaves. Keep aside. Heat the oil in a deep pan; add cloves and dry red chillies. Stir for a few seconds and then add the radish. Mix well and lower heat. Add the ginger powder, salt, asafoetida, and tikki masala. Cook covered for 5 minutes more. Serve hot with steamed rice. Serves: 4 - 6

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13 comments:

Green Earth said...

More wonderful food, love using your receipes.

VeganDoc said...

How interesting... I've never purchased or cooked a radish in my life. I had no idea you could do so much with them. You've inspired me.

Anonymous said...

Oh wow, you and I have very similar food tastes, because all your posts make me drool with hunger! I love radishes. I read about a type called "French breakfast radishes" have you ever heard of these? I have a feeling just by their name that I would love them, too.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Jackie, for the good radish information. I've not yet tried these at home but have had them in salads when eating out. I learned something new here... AGAIN! Thanks.

Emmy said...

Great post. I love radishes and had an abundance of them in my garden a few months ago. Will save these recipes for next year :)

lou said...

Wanted to stop by and say hi :)
Radishes.. mmm.. delish!
Will surely check out the rest of your recipes.

Jackie said...

Thanks everyone.

Lou I am unable to comment on your blog as the comment area is so tiny I cannot read it.

Mary French said...

I've always enjoyed the pickled Daikon radishes they serve at a local Korean restaurant, but I've never done anything with radishes except used them in salads. I'm excited to try the crispy oriental Radishes and the Cranberry-Glazed radishes.

Anonymous said...

hi jackie! Wow, what great recipes! I'm beginning to love radishes more and more as I learn to prepare foods with them. I love the idea of this recipe: Couscous and Radish Salad!!!! I'll definitely be trying that one!!
Thanks for the info!

Gaia said...

Hi Jackie !

I love radishes but never ate or saw a Daikon radish. We don't have that here.

Thank you for the great recipes, I should try to include them in something else than my salads LOL

And thanks for you visit over at my blog :)

Green Earth said...

Thanks for sharing your country is promoting using permaculture and a door sized space to grow your own food. What a progressive thing to do. Would love to know more.

Anonymous said...

I love radishes - great post. I'll definitely give these recipes a try!

Marion said...

I eat daikon radishes without cooking them, just sliced, with a dip, perhaps. They're delicious!