For the Love of Radishes

Those little, spicy, red accents to your salad are far more versatile than you might think. The common radish that we are all familiar with is part of the brassica family along with kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and turnip. Originally cultivated in China, this tiny root veggie made its way through Europe and over the ocean to the Americas in the early 1600s. In Mexico, the annual Noche de Rabanos (Night of the Radishes) festival takes place 24 hours prior to Christmas Eve. Mexican sculptors create Nativity scenes using very large radishes.

If you see a garden of radishes in your dream, signifies prosperous business and kind friends. To dream that you are eating a radish, denotes that your feelings will be slightly hurt as a result of the thoughtlessness of someone near you. To dream that you are planting radishes, foretells that your heart’s desires will be happily realized.

Radishes are low in calories, are a good source of vitamin C, and contain small amounts of other nutrients such as magnesium, vitamin B6, folic acid, potassium and calcium as well. They are alkaline-forming which means they help to balance the body’s pH and keep all of our systems running efficiently. They are known for detoxifying the body, treating jaundice, and providing relief from osteoarthritis.

Radishes vary greatly in pungency, size, and color. From the stylishly striped and sweet watermelon radish to eye-watering horseradish to mild and extra long daikon radish, there are many types to choose from.

Though we often think of radishes eaten only raw in salads or coleslaw, they are actually quite delicious when cooked. Add them to your favorite curry or soup as a substitute for potatoes and you will be surprised by the sweetness they will add. Pickling radishes is also a great way to taste their versatility.

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