R is for radish. Radishes can come in different forms – widely varying in terms of size, colour, and crop duration. In Australia we most commonly see the vibrant pink coloured type. Radishes are considered a root vegetable as they grow underground. Because they grow quickly, they are an ideal plant for a gardening project with your little ones. Chances are, if the kids have been involved in the fun gardening process around growing the radishes, they will be more open to tasting them too!
DID YOU KNOW?
- Radishes are members of the Brassicaceae (mustard or cabbage) family.
- They are related to kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and horseradish.
- The sharp, pungent flavour of radish comes from “isothiocyanate” compound in them, varying from mild to very hot.
- Tender top greens of radish are also eaten as leafy greens in some parts of the world.
WHY ARE RADISHES SO GOOD FOR YOU?
1- They are a very low-calorie root vegetable, providing only 16 calories per 100 grams – which makes them a great weight management snack.
2- Radish is an excellent source of antioxidants, electrolytes, minerals, vitamins and dietary fibre – good for digestion and preserving colon health.
3- They contain an isothiocyanate antioxidant compound called sulforaphane which studies have shown plays a powerful role in protecting against prostate, breast, colon and ovarian cancers, given its cancer-cell growth inhibition, and cytotoxic effects on cancer cells.
4- Fresh radish is a good source of vitamin C which is required by the body for the creation of collagen. It also helps our bodies destroy harmful free radicals, protect against cancers, reduce inflammation and help boost immunity.
5- They also contain folate, vitamin B-6, riboflavin, thiamin and minerals such as iron, magnesium, copper and calcium- all important for overall health and wellbeing.
Below we will have a fun radish food craft idea – Ladybird Radishes, as well as a delicious, simple and allergy friendly recipe – Honey Roasted Radishes. They are fun ways to celebrate radish, to talk about their texture, their taste and why they are so good for us and important in our diets!