While radishes are not used on an everyday basis in the traditional medical community they have been used in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries! The reason being is that these cruciferous vegetables are jam packed with all sorts of nutrients that are key to keeping the body functioning at tip top shape not to mention they have some pretty serious anti fungal properties as well!
So, what are these nutrients and why should you care? Radishes provide ample amounts of Vitamin C. One of the more impressive properties of Vitamin C is that it acts as an antioxidant that helps battle free radicals in your body and helps prevent cell damage caused by aging, an unhealthy lifestyle, and environmental toxins. Vitamin C also plays a key role in collagen production, which supports healthy skin and blood vessels! Secondly these vegetables have shown in studies with mice to cause cell death in Candida albicans, a common fungus normally found in humans. When Candida albicans overgrows, it may cause vaginal yeast infections, oral yeast infections (thrush), and invasive candidiasis. Last but not least these aid in supplying you with fiber! A 1/2-cup serving of radishes gives you 1 gram of fiber. Eating a couple servings each day helps you reach your daily fiber intake goal. Fiber helps prevent constipation by bulking up your stool to help waste move through your intestines. Fiber also may help you manage blood sugar levels, and has been linked to weight loss and lower cholesterol.
Radishes also contain small amounts of:
- vitamin B-6
- vitamin K
So now that I have convinced you that these should be a staple in your diet I bet you’re wondering how you should eat them. Radish preparation may be a bit underwhelming at first glance but do not let this vegetable fool you they are more than just a topping on a salad, of course if that is how you prefer the radish don’t let me stop you! However for the more adventerous types let me introduce you to my favorite Garlic Roasted Radishes recipe!
Garlic Roasted Radishes
- 1 lb. radishes, ends trimmed and halved ( if you are feeling brave try different varieties at once they have many beautiful radishes out there and they all have unique and tasty flavors, if you want them to be nice and crunchy thinly slice them if you want them to resemble more of a cubed roasted potato then just cut them into quarters )
- 1 Tbsp. coconut oil or avocado oil
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 2–3 garlic cloves, finely minced
- 1/4 tsp. dried parsley or dried chives
Preheat your oven to 425 F
Slice your radishes either in thin slices or cubes like you would normally do for roasted potatoes and throw them in a bowl with remaining ingredients and mix until fully coated
Place them in a baking dish or tray that has been coated with oil to ensure they do not stick while they are roasting!
Bake for 20-25 minutes, tossing every 10 or so minutes to make sure they get nice and crunchy all the way around. This part is up to you entirely if you want them to be crunchier either cook them longer or slice them thinner. If you want more of a bite cube them and don’t cook them for as long, either way they will be absolutely DELICIOUS!
Hope you enjoy and PLEASE leave us a comment on how yours turned out!