Fall is a great time to plant some radishes because they are quick growing vegetables for your garden. Radishes were once only used around my house to make radish roses or add to salads. I honestly, I did not love them but felt obligated to eat them since someone who I loved grew them. I now realize it was not the radishes but how I prepared that made them boring and a chore to eat.
Radishes are low in calories and high in fiber so they one healthy way to lose weight. They are in the cruciferous family so they have anti-cancer properties too! Radishes take only 3 weeks from garden to table so you can have several crops of radishes each year and they are a local produce that can be available throughout the year.
There are several varieties of radishes that include different, colors, shapes and sizes. Some of the more memorable varieties include black Spanish, daikon, watermelon, horseradish and the familiar bright pink ones in many different varieties.
Here are a few varieties of radishes from Sow True Seeds. This company specializes in heirloom varieties and grows their seed organically. If you don’t grow them look for them at a local farmers market or a local farm.
How to Prepare?
Are you looking for some new ways to prepare radishes? You can roast or grill radishes, toss sliced ones in soups, salads and sandwiches and they can even be pickled! My husband pickled some radishes along with carrots to add to a sandwich. It was a new way of eating them for us and very tasty!
Another way that you can prepare radishes that I found that is sauteed radishes bulbs over radish greens! Did you know that you could saute radish greens and bulbs? The hot, spicy flavor of radish bulbs that I do not love so much turns sweet when they are sauteed. They also have a wonderful texture.
The greens remind me of Swiss chard so the pungent greens with the sweet bulbs make both a colorful and diverse combination. If you are looking for what to cook for dinner, this would make a different and simple vegetable recipe for a quick healthy meal.
Another creative way to use radishes is to try my fresh salsa recipe! With tomatoes on their way out for most of us as a seasonal food, this radish can be a favorite topping for fish tacos, burritos and even chili!
Radish Cilantro Salsa
3 scallions sliced
2 tablespoon lime juice
1 cup cilantro, stemmed and chopped
6 radishes chopped
1 tablespoon chopped hot chili, based on your preference
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix ingredients together.
Makes 1 1/2 cups salsa.
Give these fresh, new ideas for easy healthy dinner recipes to prepare radishes a try! I think that you will enjoy these plant based recipes!
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