Unexpectedly Delicious: Radishes



Radishes belong to the root vegetable family. Yet unlike many of their starchy relatives, radishes are relatively low in the carbohydrate content.

Why should you eat them?

More is better! One or two radishes may not amount to a lot in terms of nutrients, but there is definitely strength in numbers as they are a source of folate, fiber, riboflavin and potassium, as well as good amounts of copper, vitamin B6, magnesium, manganese and calcium. They also contain detoxifying agents called indoles, and the powerful flavonoids zeaxanthin, lutein and beta carotene.

Nutrition value of 100g (~1 cup) of radishes

  • 25% vitamin C daily needs
  • 6% of daily folate needs
  • 2 grams of fibre
  • 5 grams of carbohydrates

The wonders of how to enjoy it

Radishes can contain either a spicy or sweet flavour.  They are equally enjoyable raw and cooked.  Try slicing them in salads, slipping them in stir-fries or roasting alongside other flavourful vegetables for an interesting mix of color. The greens can also be consumed and pair nicely with spinach!

Recipe Ideas

  • Curry & Cumin Roasted Radish & Potato (recipe our February newsletter)
  • Chopped Radish Salad
  • Radish Puree
  • Pickled Radishes
  • Radish Leaf Pesto
  • Edamame Radish Salad
  • Daikon Radish Salad

Did you know that…

The original radish was black. Other varieties come in dark grey, purple, two-tone green and white, pink and yellow.


How do you enjoy radishes? We’d love to hear about it in the comment section below! 🙂

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Raina recognizes that being healthy is more than just what or how you eat, it is a lifestyle! She understands that everyone has a unique health “fingerprint” and tailors her nutrition coaching to individual situations and needs. See Full Bio

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