Cruciferous is a strange sounding word for a group of veggies that have it all when it comes to healthy benefits. Radishes belong to this super group that also includes broccoli, cabbage and kale and, like their cousins, have shown to contain cancer-prevention properties. Not to mention the greatness of their crispy crunch and incomparable bite that makes radishes a terrific complement to salads, sandwiches and more!
Red Globe: Americans are probably most familiar with these small round or
oval-shaped "button" red radishes that range from about 1" to 5" in diameter and have solid, crisp flesh.
Green Giant® Fresh Radishes are available year round.
Care & Handling
Although red globe radishes can grow to 4" or 5" in diameter, the ones in the produce bin will probably be closer to the size of a ping-pong ball--about 1" to 1 1/2" in diameter – which is the size that provides the best taste and texture. Radishes with their leaves intact are usually tied in bunches, while topped radishes are sold in plastic bags. If the leaves are attached, they should be crisp and green. Look for well-shaped radishes with good color. Whether red or white, the roots should be solid, with a smooth, unblemished surface. Check bagged radishes to make sure they are free of mold.
If you've bought radishes with their leaves attached, remove the tops unless you'll be serving them the same day (leaf-topped radishes are handsome on a crudités platter). Radishes will not keep as well with their tops left on. The leaves, if fresh and green, can be cooked like other greens or used in soups. Place radishes in plastic bags if they are not already packaged.
Scrub the radishes and trim off the stem end and tip. Since their skin contains most of the enzymes that are responsible for their pungency, you may want to peel them. However, red globe and white icicle radishes are rarely hot enough to warrant peeling.
Small radishes can be served whole, raw, or cooked; larger radishes are usually sliced, diced or grated.
Nutrition & Health Benefits:
Radishes have been shown to contain cancer-prevention properties by being LOW in saturated fat and cholesterol and HIGH in riboflavin, Vitamins B6 & C, calcium, magnesium, fiber, and potassium.