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Saturday 7 May 2016

Radishes : not only a peppery flavour but more too

Pronounce it: rad-ish.

The root of a member of the mustard family, radishes have a peppery flavour and a crisp, crunchy texture. Among the most popular varieties are the small, cherry-sized common variety which has a red skin and white flesh (the French Breakfast radish is a variation on this type, and has an elongated shape with a deep pink skin that fades to white at the roots).

You can also find black radishes, popular in eastern Europe, which are more strongly flavoured, as well as large white mooli or diakon radishes, which are shaped like carrots. They are popular in Asian cookery and have a very mild flavour.

Radishes are rich in folic acid and potassium and are a good source of vitamin B6, magnesium, riboflavin, and calcium.

All year round, though the British season runs from May to mid October. They're extremely easy to grow from seed, whether in an allotment or in a window box. Find out more about growing radishes at 'Garden Action' here.

Choose the best:
Go for firm-skinned radishes, with no blemishes. If they feel soft, they are likely to be spongy inside. Any greens still attached should look fresh and perky. The bigger the radish, the less crisp its texture, so avoid larger examples.

Prepare it:
To increase the crispness of radish, soak them in iced water for a couple of hours. Wash, then chop off the greens, if present, then slice off the root. Leave whole, slice or chop, as required.

Always prepare radishes just before using, as they loose their potency when cut. Mooli or daikon radishes can be sliced, diced or grated.

Store it:
In a perforated bag in the fridge for around 3-4 days. Always trim the leaves off before storing, as they'll draw moisture from the radish itself. You can keep the radish greens in the fridge, wrapped in moist kitchen paper then stowed in a perforated bag, for a couple of days.

Cook it:
Common red-skinned: raw in salads. Mooki or daikon: raw or stir-fried (3 minutes). Add radish greens to salads.

Try cucumber.

The above facts from here

Crunchy green beans with radishes

Why not try this classic French way of preparing beans and radishes using just a few ingredients:

Serves 6
2g carb per serving

350g fine green beans, trimmed
1 bunch radishes, finely sliced into rounds
Juice of ½ lemon


Bring a saucepan of water to the boil and cook the green beans for 4-5 mins until tender. Drain and toss with the radishes, drizzle over the oil and lemon juice and season with a little salt and black pepper.

Above recipe from here

So 'Yum' and with a bit of a crunch too !

All the best Jan


Jo said...

I love radishes, I've always grown the French Breakfast type. None here this year though, I shall have to buy them instead.

Anonymous said...

Always good to have a few radishes in a salad.
Colourful and crunchy.


Adam said...

When I used to work produce departments, radishes were not fast sellers. Rutabaga and turnips did decent there. Kale had big boosts when Dr. Oz would talk about it.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, the beans and radishes do look lovely together. Pretty colors. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Dewena said...

This recipe sounds good, Jan. I love radishes and use them a lot but didn't know that they don't need to be prepared early. No more slicing them for a supper salad after breakfast! I love the Easter Egg radish but have never tried the black ones.

I do love rolling them in a little soft butter and salt.

TexWisGirl said...

i eat about a bag or so of them a week. love 'em raw.

Lowcarb team member said...

Jo - it's always great if you can grow your own, but most supermarkets do have a good selection. I always do my best to keep some in the fridge chiller during the warmer months.

Sue - yes, colourful and crunchy describes them well! I also like their taste!

Adam - interesting to note those sales ... I do buy quite a lot of swede (Rutabaga). I do think kale has grown in popularity although there are still many who may prefer spinach!

Eileen - yes, the green beans and red radishes do look lovely together, and of course they taste great too!

Dewena - yes, radishes rolled in a little butter and salt, quite Yum! Glad you found the article interesting and helpful

Tex - just great to crunch aren't they!

Many thanks to you ALL for your comments on this post.

All the best Jan