Not only are radishes tasty, but they are great for your health! Radishes are high in fiber and vitamin C. They are a part of the brassica family, aka a cruciferous vegetable, and are high in antioxidants, making them a natural cancer fighter. They are low on the glycemic index, low calorie and can help reduce cholesterol. Additionally, radishes are really great for your digestion, aiding in bile production (I know that sounds really gross, but we all need bile!) and easing constipation. Not only can you eat the root, what we know as the radish, but you can eat the green leaves of radishes as well, which have even higher concentrations of all the nutrients in the root.
Sure, we've all eaten raw radishes before, but what else can be done with them? My research turned up some delightful and unique ideas. Though I didn't get a chance to try out all the recipes I came across, I'll link you to the ones that caught my eye. Perhaps you'll get a chance to whip something up and share the results with me here on the blog!
I ended up turning my radishes into a snack with an unexpected kick of curry! Of course you've tried some of those groovy gourmet root veg chips, right? Well, I wondered, can the noble radish take on the great power and responsibility of becoming a chip and represent some serious eastern flavors at the same time? The answer is, yes! I share with you here my tasty and tantalizing version of radish root chips!
Radiant Raja Radish Chips
What you'll need:
A bunch of organic radishes (10-15 small radishes)
1-2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon curry powder or garam masala
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
For the radish roots:
Preheat your oven to 350F. First, using a mandolin or a very steady hand, slice your radishes about 1/4 inch thick. The bigger and fresher your radishes are, the easier this task will be.
Next, steam the thin radish slices for about 1-2 minutes, just to soften them up a bit. In a medium sized bowl, toss the radish slices in the oil. Once the slices look coated, toss in the rest of the spices and give everything a good spin around the bowl.
Lay your spiced slices out on a cookie sheet (use a silpat if you have one or a non-stick sheet!) in a single layer and pop into your preheated oven. Keep a close eye, but aim for 10 minutes on one side before you take them out and flip them over. Remove any browned crispy ones. Pop them back in the oven for another 20 minutes, lowering the heat to 250F. I had few holdouts that stayed in the oven even longer, so don't hesitate to pull out the ones that are done as you go, and keep some in longer.
These tiny treats are a delight on their own but could easily be used as a crunchy topping on salads, or paired with other crisps, dips crackers and veggies on a little mezze platter.
Here are a few other awesome recipe ideas for radishes that I cam across online:
Radish Curry in Peanut Sauce
Kale and Radish Salad
In closing, did you know that radishes are a pretty easy veggie to grow? If you've ever done any gardening at home, you know firsthand the tremendous feeling of appreciation and wonder that comes with eating something you grew from seed. The cooler season we are currently in is just what radishes are into, so plant seeds now to enjoy soon in the future! There are many different varietals to choose from too, so you can try something new! So mosey on down to your local nursery, check out some seeds and let your garden grow!
Namaste and Bon Appetit!