An amazingly fast growing organic superfood whose health benefits and culinary used has been known for ages. Today, radishes are a widely cultivated root vegetable in the world with their wonderful array of flavors and naturally cooling ability.
Radish is an organic superfood first cultivated in China as early as 2,700 B.C. Long before the pyramids were built, radish had been already a common food of in ancient Egypt. An organic superfood highly prized by ancient Greeks and a favorite root crop of the ancient Romans as well. It was believed to have been introduced to the US in the 16th century by Christopher Columbus.
Radish belongs to the brassicaceae family of mustard and cabbage and part of the genus Raphanus, a Greek word which translate to “quickly appearing”. This organic superfood is indeed a fast grower that can be harvested in just 21 days… perfect for impatient gardeners! There are two kinds of radishes, the spring radish which matures in less than a month and the winter radish which takes a long while to grow but is said to be superior in taste and quality.
Radish is a low calorie organic superfood that is nutritiously packed with vitamin C, K, and B complex, including essential minerals like magnesium, iron, manganese, potassium and calcium. It is also loaded with protein and digestible fibers which are all needed for a healthy body.
This root crop is an excellent source of indoles, a disease fighting nutrient and detoxifying agent, as well as flavonoids zeaxanthin and beta carotene. What makes radish a true power root is the rich amount of a phytochemical it contain called glucosinolates, a well-known cancer fighting compound that helps the liver’s ability to detoxify carcinogens and suppress growth of certain tumors. The sulfur based chemical it hold can help regulate production and flow of bilirubin and bile in the blood.
Eating this organic superfood will not impact your blood sugar level due to its low glycemic index. It can relieve congestion within the respiratory system which can benefit individuals with bronchial infection, sinus problems and asthma. It can reduce blood pressure as it contains sufficient potassium which relaxes the blood vessels to increase blood flow. Radish is likewise very useful in treating various ailments like constipation, skin disorder, jaundice and intestinal parasites.
So much surprising health and healing qualities for an underappreciated organic superfood.
Radish is generally safe for most individuals in food quantity. Should be taken in moderation as it can cause irritation of the digestive tract. If you have gallstone problems, avoid eating radish. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should also refrain from consuming radish as medication to be on the safe side.
Want to increase the crispness of your trimmed radish? Soak them in cold water an hour before serving. Enjoy!
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