Radishes are often overlooked, but they are packed with nutrients. Try adding them to your plate with this recipe for roasted radishes with soy sauce and toasted sesame Seeds. It an ideal choice side dish for a healthy diet.
Radishes: Packing a Nutritional Punch
Radishes are a good source of vitamin C with 25 percent of the daily recommended value. Vitamin C helps to rebuild tissues and blood vessels, keeps bones and teeth strong, and fights disease.
They also contain folate, fiber, riboflavin, and potassium, and good amounts of copper, vitamin B6, magnesium, manganese, and calcium.
It’s probably no surprise that they contain fiber. This keeps your system flushed and functioning with regularity and also aids in maintaining a healthy weight. They are a natural diuretic, purifying the kidney and urinary systems and relieving inflammation.
Another mouthful of phytochemical goodness includes detoxifying agents called indoles, and the powerful flavonoids zeaxanthin, lutein, and beta carotene.
Before refrigerating radishes, wash, remove greens from the top, and place in plastic baggies with a paper towel at the bottom. This optimizes moisture content from the rest of the radish and helps keep them fresh for about a week. Sliced, they make a zippy addition to sandwiches and salads.
How to Eat a Radish
Eat them raw, sliced thinly in salads, or used as a topping, such as on tacos.
Radishes are an under-appreciated crop. Yet, people all over the globe use them and and even celebrate them, such as at a festival in Oaxaca, Mexico known as “Noche de Rabanos,” or “The Night of the Radishes.”
Recipe for Health: Roasted Radishes with Soy Sauce and Toasted Sesame Seeds
Roasted Radishes with Soy Sauce and Toasted Sesame Seeds
- 20medium radishes, trimmed and cut into fourths (use all red or a mixture of red and white)
- 1 1/2Tbsproasted peanut oil
- 1 1/2Tbspsoy sauce
- 1Tbspgreen onions (scallions), sliced thin
- 1Tbspsesame seeds, toasted in a dry pan
- Preheat oven to 425° F.
- Wash radishes, trim ends, peel if needed, and cut into same size pieces.
- Cut green onions into thin slices.
- Toss radishes with peanut oil, then roast for about 20 minutes, stirring one or two times. When radishes are tender and starting to brown, remove from oven.
- Toss with soy sauce to coat and mix in green onion slices. Put back in oven and roast about 5 more minute.
- During the final 5 minutes of roasting time, put the sesame seeds in a dry pan and toast over stove for about 2 minutes, or until staring to brown.
- Remove radishes from the oven, place in serving bowl and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.
- Serve hot.
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