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Sunday Snapshots: The Humble Radish

by Spicie Foodie on May 6, 2012

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Radishes are a root vegetable belonging to the cabbage family. They, radishes, come in all sorts of colors, shapes, and sizes.

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“Radishes were first cultivated thousands of years ago in China, then in Egypt and Greece. Radishes were so highly regarded in Greece that gold replicas were made. The radish did not make its way to England until approximately 1548. By 1629 they were being cultivated in Massachusetts.” *Source

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Though low in calories these red beauties are high in potassium, vitamin C, folate (folic acid) and fiber.

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Radishes are most commonly eaten with salads, but I also like to use them as toppings, and condiments on Mexican food. Recently I discovered how delicious they taste cooked. (Check out this recipe, Sauteed Radishes With Butter And Chives)

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Did you know that radish greens are also edible? They make a great substitute for spinach. I usually add them to soups, stews and Indian Dhal.

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The coolest thing I found out about radishes is that there is a festival dedicate to the humble radish in Oaxaca, Mexico. The Noche de Rábanos or Night of the Radishes is held every December 23. Radishes are carved into everything from nativity sets to anything else imaginable, then they are displayed in the town square.

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I love the red variety but these white ones have also found a place on my plate. How about you, what is your favorite variety and way of eating radishes? Happy Sunday everyone!

 

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