The Other Side of Radishes + One Thing You Should Know About Radish Green Leaves

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Are Radishes Leaves Edible? That was my question many years ago to one of the chef instructors as a cook in training. He smiled at me and pointing to the table said: Well you’d know after you taste the salad I’m teaching you to prepare. And that was his answer.He did not say much more, for he was a man of few words.

Since that day forward radish leaves have been part of many salads, vegetables tortillas, and sandwiches. And I even used them to make juice. Please, don’t called me Crazy Radish :) After all these years the cute radishes and their leaves were just a tasty- pretty vegetable that I enjoyed cooking and eating. Until a couple of month ago, while browsing an old herbal book of mine, I discovered that radishes are more than just pretty. They are packed with nutrients and healthy benefits that could prevent ''many diseases''. I could not believe it!

Cooking Variations with Radishes + The one Thing You Should Know About Their Green Leaves:

Radish leaves are not poisonous and the whole plant is absolutely edible. They can be eaten with salt alone or with a vinaigrette dressing —which is my favorite choice when making a radish salad.

Radishes and the leaves can be sautéed, steamed, mixed with other greens vegetable leaves --such as arugula, spinach and watercress-- they can be used as a garnish to decorate appetizers and they are delicious in omelets and Spanish tortillas.

And, what about health benefits?

 Radishes + The Pretty Green leaves + Healthy Benefits

1-Healthy Benefits of Radishes:

We all know that it is extremely healthy to eat vegetables, but I believe it is also helpful to know that some vegetables have more beneficial properties than others, supplying different nutrients --all-important-- to our body.

2-Radishes + The Pretty Leaves + Rare and Precious Root Vegetables that Protect your Body:

Radishes and the green pretty leaves are rare and have an intense-bitter flavor, but these root vegetables also have precious benefits! Yes.

They are a rich source of vitamin C (and their leaves contain almost six times vitamin c content of their root), which has been shown to assist protect the body against cancer, cholesterol and to enhance the whole digestive system.

They also provide iron, calcium, folic acid and potassium. Radishes have a low glycemic index and are exceptional for diabetic people. In a study to determine the glycemic index (GI) of various vegetables, it was concluded that radishes have a low GI.

3-Curative Properties:

Radishes provide support and fortify the body against a major variety of diseases. They have proved to be effective in treating Digestive disorders, Urinary disorders, Weight Loss, Cancer, Skin disorders, Kidney disorders, Insect Bites, Respiratory disorders--such as Bronchitis and Asthma-- Liver and Gallbladder problems.

Other Healthy Benefits from Radishes: Excellent for the teeth, gums and can also be used as a  breath freshener. They have stronger antioxidant properties, which improve hair, nails and     skin.  Easily digestible, laxative, regulates metabolism, diuretic, improves blood circulation, is   a good treatment for headache, acidity, constipation, nausea, nerves, obesity, sore throat, whooping cough, gastric problems, gallbladder stones, dyspepsia etc.                                             

In simple words radishes should be included in our meals. Don’t you think so?

Do you eat radishes and radishes leaves?  If so, how do you prepare them?  I would absolutely love to hear about it. Please leave me a comment.

Click here for the salad recipe...


quicks said...

WOW, What a GREAT POST! I had No Idea that radish leaves were edible.And I didn't know these vegetables contain such a powerful nutrients either....I cannot believe I threw radish leaves in the trash for so many years!

But after reading this beautiful post I don't think I'll be wasting radish greens ever again.

Thanks so much for sharing such an awesome information and beautiful pictures.

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

That's good to know. I don't buy radishes often but will definitely try the leaves next time. I'm also a big fan of beetroot leaves. I like to stirfry them simply with salt and lotsa garlic :).

Barbara said...

Very informative post! I had no idea we could eat the radish leaves....they will be included in my salads from now on.
You've posted some of the prettiest photos of radishes I've ever seen!


Thank you, I would have never thought to eat the greens.

encintura said...

Mi padre solía picar las hojitas de los rábanos en la ensalada. Da un aroma delicioso. También se puede hacer una especie de pesto con aceite de oliva para untar en pan.


Magic of Spice said...

Fantastic post and beautiful shots.

Al Dente Gourmet said...

@ quicks, You're welcome! Thank you very Much :) I'm glad to know you enjoyed this post!

@ Nick, Uy! de veras que bueno! Me encanto lo del pesto :)


Al Dente Gourmet said...

@ Xiaolu, Thanks! Oh, me too. Love betroots :)

@ Barbara, Oooh, I'm hugely
flattered :) Feeling the love <3

@ Sommer, You're welcome :)

@ Magic of spice, Happy you enjoyed this post :) Thanks

Prieta said...

I've never eaten the leaves but I love radishes, any kind any way. I add red radishes to pozole, a Mexican soup, and I like to prepare a salad with black, white and red radishes. It taste good and it looks pretty. I recently discovered watermelon radishes at the market and I love them! They are green in the outside and reddish in the inside. Their flavor is sweet and are great when roasted. Do you know them?
Stunning pictures!

elle marie said...

I honestly love to eat radishes raw.. all sorts, daikon, etc... I really LOVE root vegetables.. esp gobo (burdock).

fromBAtoParis said...

Bueno, yo era otra que ignoraba todo este! Qué barbaridad! Cuanta cosa buena que tiré a la basura...Hermosisimas las fotos!

Al Dente Gourmet said...

@ Prieta, Great! I absolutely LOVE pozole and I can imagine it tastes really good with radishes. YUM!
Yes, watermelon radishes are Heavenly and love them too.

Thanks + Abrazos,


Al Dente Gourmet said...

@ elle marie, Really? Good Girl :)

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen said...

My favorite way to eat radishes is probably the traditional way, with a bit of good butter and salt. I never knew all the wonderful benefits of this vegetable, I have even more reason to enjoy them now, thank you.

Sonia said...

Wow...I knew that radish is good to eat but amazed to find its wide arrayed health benefits. very informative post and beautiful pictures....cheers !

Maria said...

I do love radishes and I think they just look so pretty and colourful :-)

Miri Leigh said...

Thanks for the informative post! Very interesting!

Erika said...

Los rabanitos no me gustan desde que soy chica, y a mi papá le encantan! Por lo de las hojas, casi todas las hojas de las verduras que conocemos son comestibles , lo que pasa es que culturalmente no lo tenemos incorporado. Me encanta el color que le da a las ensaladas. Muy buena toda la información!

El said...

I've only eaten them sliced raw in salads but after reading this I will try to find more ways to prepare them. I had no idea how beneficial they are. Thank you!

pity said...

siempre me han gustado los rabanos incluso los tomo entre horas para picar, pero nunca pense en usar las hojas, mira por donde ya me has abierto los ojos! y por cierto, yo tambien ADORO el pozole! besitos!

Al Dente Gourmet said...

@ Sylvie

@ Sonia

@ Maria

@ Miri

Thanks Ladies, I'm happy you enjoyed this post :)


Al Dente Gourmet said...

@ Erika, Si toda la razon como que no lo tenemos muy incorporado. Si, los beneficios de los rabanitos son increibles.



@ El, You're welcome. I know, Amazing Benefits! Makes radishes more interesting to eat isn't it!



Al Dente Gourmet said...

@ Pity, En serio que bueno! Otra cosa en comun :)



Mary said...

It is quite difficult to find radishes with their leaves intact. I do, however, have a few dishes that I make with them. One is an all radish salad and the other a simple appetizer of sliced radishes on brown bread with Irish butter. This is my first visit to your site, so I spent some time browsing through your earlier entries. I really like the food and recipes you feature here and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Al Dente Gourmet said...

@ Mary, Hi! nice to have you here :) Your radish appetizer with brown bread and Irish butter, sounds absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing your favorite!



tasteofbeirut said...

I love radish leaves and posted a couple of salad recipes as well as a pesto with radish leaves; the leaves are eaten in Lebanese kitchens and are considered a food for the poor. I think they are a super food and I love them! Your photos are just beautiful!

grace said...

waste not, want not, right? i actually had no idea that radish leaves were edible, but considering how much i enjoy the crispy, pungent little bulb, i'll certainly be giving the leaves a try. great post!

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