by TERI PIZZA
The word, radish, comes from the Latin word, radix,
meaning “to root.” The word “radical” also comes from the
Latin “root,” as in radicals that want to change the root of the
political system. Beware those radish radicals, they can get hot
under the collar (so to speak). Perhaps that’s because radishes
belong to the mustard family and contain glucosinolates—the
stuff that brings the hot out in horseradish and wasabi.
The Egyptian and Greek cultures so idolized radishes they
made gold replicas of them. Today these roots are celebrated
in Oaxaca, Mexico at their Radish Festival.
The little red pops of crispiness are small but mighty. The
Save Our Bones Foundation considers the nutritional power
packed into these vegetables super impressive because they’re
full of vitamin C, K, B, sulfur, iron and iodine yet contain only
19 calories per half cup and 2grams of sugar.
But wait, there’s more.
At the risk of sounding like an old-timey, snake-oil
salesman, the radish has been known, because of its vitamin
C anti-inflammatory properties, to have a positive effect on
asthma symptoms. It’s also been suggested as an alternative
medicine in the treatment of whooping cough, gastric
discomfort, gallbladder problems, arthritis, gallstones and
even kidney stones
Here’s how to enjoy your
Selection — Whatever color you choose
(red, black, white or gold) they should
be unblemished and have brightcolored
skin. Select those that are firm
and compact in texture with green,
healthy leaves. (Smaller ones are
Storage — Separate roots and leaves
and store separately in plastic bags in a
refrigerator. (Add a paper towel to the
bag with leaves).
Preparation — When ready to eat,
soak leaves in a cold-vinegar bath to
remove pesticide residue; rinse and pat
dry. Sauté them with salt and pepper;
use raw as a garnish; or mix uncooked
leaves in a salad.
Clean roots just before using in a
vinegar bath; rinse and pat dry. Slice to
desired thickness. If using in a salad or
at a salad buffet, soak them in ice water
for an hour to make them extra crunchy.
Teri Pizza writes spiritual, health and food related books: Her two most recent, My Prayer Journal and COPD: The Eat to Breathe Plan to Feeling Better can be viewed and purchased at Amazon.com .