Food Dare – How Do you Radish?

Lately I have been trying to get back into the seasonal and creative side of being in the kitchen. A few factors in the last few months have led me down a boring path of unenthusiastic cooking and lack of energy always follows 'ok' meals.

Yesterday I took my 2 year old to a market store and we chose some foods that might be fun to cook….we chose this week, Radish. I have been online looking for inspiring ways to cook this seemingly foreign food to me…it mainly looks like a salad ingredient – thats not much fun in the middle of winter. Surely there is some more fun to be had with this firey little vege than salads!

On the way I found out some interesting stuff….The radish is also known as Daiken in some parts of the world, it is a root vegetable that is related to the turnip and hoseradish family. They can be white, red, purple, or black, long cylindrical or round in shape. They can be eaten raw, cooked and pickled, every part of the radish is eaten and can be eaten, even the oil is extracted from the seeds (from a particular type of radish).

Helps with Weight Loss:

These little round balls of hotness contain indigestible carbohydrates which are good for filling you up and helping to flush out your system. Factor in the high water content and they will aid in feeling fuller for longer and keep weight loss under control.

Clear Your Skin:

Good for your skin because of the Vitamin C, Zinc, Magnesium and Vitamin B complex content, also smashed raw radish is a great cleanser and serves as a great face pack. Plus due to its disinfectant properties its great for dry skin, rashes and cracks and also refreshes it.

Detoxifier:

Radishes are high in Vitamin C, making them a good detoxifier, eliminating toxins that can make you sick.  

Anti-congestive:

Radishes are touted as anti-congestives, which relieve congestion in the respratory system. When you get a cold, have an allergic reaction or infections, a healthy dose of radishes can clear up congestion for a quicker heal time.

So all you need to do is add these beauties to some of your meals and you can enjoy the benefits!

So this week I am daring to use, create and delight at my soon to be amazing radish inspired meals….do you use radish?

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