Radish: The Crunchy Spicy Appetizer

In Greece, radishes are particularly popular among garden crops used in the kitchen as they are considered to be an easy, cheap and tasty solution for the dishes. They are used widely in cold salads as a complememt of other vegetables such as lettuce, cabbage and carrots and It’s a super match with creme cheese. In recent years, many consumers have added them to hot dishes giving pasta and soups a more spicy taste. Radish is also known as a good appetizer, so you may find it served with salads as the starter in many Greek restaurants.

A nutritional treasure!

According to sources, radishes were first recorded in 2780 BC. in Egypt, and their color was black. Their nutritional value had been traced back to that time, and it is said that slaves in ancient Egypt consumed large quantities to get the energy they needed to build the pyramids.

Radish belongs to the same family as cabbage. It has a slightly peppery taste, it’s crunchy with great nutritional value, and plenty of vitamins and trace elements. It contains vitamin C, K, Niacin (B3), B6, choline, folic acid, calcium, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, selenium, magnesium and fiber. It also contains lutein, a proven strong antioxidant with anti-cancer activity.

Radish juice helps in expectoration and improves bowel movement. If you suffer from kidney pain, radish will relieve you and help dissolve stone and sand from the kidneys. It has been found that radish has diuretic properties, so its consumption can help in cases of swelling. Finally, It is the absolute enemy of cholesterol as the fibers contained in the radish binds to the excess cholesterol that is taken up by the food. However, if you suffer from peptic ulcer, gastritis, enterocolitis and cardiovascular disease, ask your doctor before you consume radish, as it may intensify the symptoms.

Another known property of radish, especially in countries with warm climate, is that it reduces the body temperature. In Egypt, Greece and Italy, during the hot summer months, you may see many people eat 1-2 radishes and drink a glass of water. Even though this is super cooling, do not try it at night unless you want to go for pee ever 30 minutes!! 

Good for your throat, as well! A sore throat can make it difficult for you to eat and drink or even prevent you from swallowing. However, you do not have to suffer from sore throat for long. The natural, mild, spicy flavor of the radish helps to clear the excess mucus in the body. This helps prevent your throat from drying out and relieves you of the pain very quickly.

Cold or hot, with only 16 calories and many health benefits, radish may be added to your diet at any time!

source: medinova.gr