Radishes (Raphanus sativus) are round root vegetables with a thin red skin and white inner flesh.
Health Benefits of Radishes
- Increased Immune Function
- Protection Against Heart Disease
- Slowing Aging
- DNA Repair and Protection
- Alleviation of Cardiovascular Disease
- Alleviation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
- Alzheimer's Protection
- Osteoporosis Protection
- Stroke Prevention Radishes are thought to help a variety of ailments from whooping cough, to cancer, arthritis, kidney stones, dyspepsia, constipation, intestinal parasites, and gallstones.
*Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients highly concentrated in Radishes, and may not necessarily be related to Radishes.
How to choose Radishes
Look for firm radishes with no signs of wilting or wrinkling. If the leaves are attached you can see how old the radishes are by how wilted the leaves look.
How to store Radishes
Radishes can be stored in a plastic bag in the fridge for 2-3 weeks. Adding a wet paper towel and cutting off the green tops will help keep the roots crisp by retaining moisture.
Climate and origin
The exact origin of radishes is unknown but they are thought to have originated in the region of West Asia and Europe. Radishes are quick to germinate and grow and thus are available year round in most countries. Radishes favor cool temperate climates but have been hybridized to grow in almost any weather.
Radishes have a lightly sharp spicy taste and a crisp crunchy texture.
Substitutes with more vitamins
Radishes germinate fast (3-7 days) and mature within 4 weeks, making them a popular garden vegetable for kids (or adults) with little patience to wait for harvesting.
Natural vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in Radishes + Complete Nutrition FactsVitamin B9 (Folate, Folic Acid) | Vitamin C | Dietary Fiber | Potassium | Click here to compare these nutrition facts with other vegetables.No Nutrition Facts Available
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