Why Radishes Are So Healthy?
Small, round and spicy. Since April it is radish season again. In the health community it is undisputed that radishes are extremely healthy. EAT SMARTER reveals the 4 facts that make radishes so healthy! We will tell you all about the important vitamins and minerals radishes have and how to best store them so they keep their taste and vitamins.
Why Radishes Are So Healthy
For a long time radishes weren’t that well-known to the western world. The vegetables didn’t come to Europe until the 16th-century. Their exact origin is unclear, but it is generally believed that radishes come from China, where they were long kept as ornamental plants. As some point, though, people discovered they could also eat radishes. And that's a really good thing, because today we know that radishes are really healthy. The plants contain mustard oil, which accounts for the wonderfully pungent flavor. This mustard oil has antibacterial properties and can act as a preventative measure against an upset stomach and intestinal problems. Some studies even indicate that the radishes can help prevent cancer. However, so far this has only been demonstrated in animal studies. In addition to the mustard oil, other ingredients that make radishes so healthy are minerals such potassium, calcium, and iron, and vitamins A, B1, B2 and C.
How You Can Tell If A Radish Is Fresh
Most of us know the radishes as small, round, red balls. But there are also radishes in oblong oval shapes with yellow or white skin. The freshness of radishes can be recognized in their color; yellow, discolored or wilted and you know the radish isn’t fresh. The radish itself should be hard and have no cracks. Sometimes, a pressure test can provide clarity on this point.
How To Best Store Radishes
Fresh radishes can be stored for only two or three days. Before you store the vegetables you should take off the leaves. This prevents the loss of water. Then, rinse the vegetables and place them in damp towels. If even after all this the radishes became soft and pruny, you can let them soak in a bath of cold water. This will make them crisp and round again.
Best Ways To Eat Radishes
Radishes are a healthy, low-calorie snack. You can snack on the spicy balls raw or cut them into slices to eat on bread or in a salad. Especially fancy is our radish-smoothie. The recipe can be found here.