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

Are Radishes Leaves Edible? That was my question many years ago to one of my 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 just 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! And I wanted to share with you a few wonderful- amazing - incredibly GREAT things that I discovered. Ok, moving on...

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 (Amazing) 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. Don't you think so too?!

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 YES! radishes + radish leaves should be included in our meals (no doubts about it) . 

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

> So Let's Start Enjoying the Benefits of Radishes by 
Making this Radish + Pear + Basil Salad with Cumin Vinaigrette //// Click here