Radish is a root vegetable and ancient food crop in the same family as cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. All parts of the plant are edible, including the seed pods and fruits.
When not used for germination, radish seeds can be used in combination with the seeds of another relative botanical, the mustard plant, to make homemade mustard. The seeds also contribute a bitter, pungent flavor to herbal vinegars and seasoning blends.
Background: The radish is something you may have never thought of outside of a salad ingredient. But radishes, along with
being tasty and nutritious, In fact, they've been prized by ancient
peoples for their usefulness.In ancient Egypt, the radish was even
used as a currency to pay those who worked to build the pyramids.
Radish is an annual plant that is native to Asia. However, it can be
found worldwide where it is cultivated. The plant grows to about 3 feet
tall and has a large tap root that is the part used for eating and
While radish is meant to be a digestive aid, it does cause indigestion for some people. Do not take radish if you have an ulcer, gastritis, or thyroid problems. Take radish no longer than 3-4 weeks. Consult your health care provider before beginning use of any herb.
Seeds can be used in pickling, in grains and legumes such as beans and quinoa. But, have you ever Sprouted? Germinated radish seed sprouts are a wonderful spicy addition to any salad. Try it atop pozole! High in nutrition too. Radish sprouts have been gaining popularity among health-conscious consumers looking to add more superfoods to their diets. Radish sprouts are loaded with vitamins, and research suggests that these super-nutritious sprouts may be even more effective at preventing cancer than broccoli sprouts. Here's the full scoop on the health benefits of radish sprouts, plus a nutrition facts chart providing an overview of the nutritional value of radish sprouts:
Folate and Vitamin B6 for a Healthy Cardiovascular System
Radish sprouts are an excellent source of folate, with 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of radish sprouts delivering almost a quarter of the Daily Value of folate. Folate is believed to promote cardiovascular health by breaking down homocysteine, an amino acid that is thought to promote atherosclerosis (fatty deposits in blood vessels).
Red Radish Sprouts – An Even Better Anti-Cancer Food Than Broccoli Sprouts?
Thanks to their extremely high glucosinolate content, broccoli sprouts are touted for their anti-cancer effects. But turns out, radish sprouts may have even more anti-cancer potential than broccoli sprouts.
Weight Loss Effects
Radish sprouts are inarguably one of the best foods for people who are trying to lose weight. Like other sprouts, radish sprouts are very low in calories (43 calories per 100 grams, or 3.5 ounces), and they are packed with vitamin C.
Benefits for the Skin
Weight loss benefits aside, vitamin C rich foods – such as radish sprouts – can offer benefits for the skin. Our skin is constantly bombarded with free radicals created by cigarette smoke, pollution, drugs, heavy exercising, toxins, stress, and UV radiation, but vitamin C helps destroy these harmful molecules.
Pods should be soft but crisp. When you bite into a pod you know you are eating a radish, and a pungent one at that, yet the flavor is more delicate and refined than that of a root radish. The texture is like that of a juicy chile pepper, which adds excitement to the experience, and appeals to people who don't crave root radishes. Pods are eaten raw or cooked. They are excellent as a snack or added to salads. They may be pickled in vinegar, or lightly stir-fried. In India they are cooked in ghee and used in curries. I like tangy food so I prefer them raw or barely cooked, because pods lose pungency with cooking. Pods are best when freshly picked, but may be kept chilled for a month or more. If you want to see people get really excited about radishes, offer them ethereal aerial rat-tails. Chomped in the garden, or served at the table, they are sure to intrigue and please.
Ralphanin, Glucosinolates, Vitamin C, Volatile Oil
Seeds, leaves and root
As seasoning in salads, pickling and mustards, sprouts, growing to produce edible seed pods and root