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  • Radishes are gaining popularity on social media

  • Eaten for a long time in German, Mexican, Spanish, Korean, and Japanese cuisines

  • Radishes have many health benefits including vitamin C

Popular for a long time in German, Mexican, Spanish, Korean, and Japanese cuisines, radishes are having a moment.

Remember when cauliflower swept social media as the vegetable?

Well, the internet is ready for something new, and as settled on this red, crisp, pungent Cruciferae.

To be fair, the red radishes you see in the grocery store are not the full stop of radish selection.

There’s daikon (Japanese radish) – which looks like a parsnip, Spanish radish - which is black, and watermelon radish – which is green with a pink interior.

However, the good ole’ reddie is the most popular. That being said, the daikon is growing in popularity and is starting to pop up in more and more grocery stores.

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Many people are touting radishes as the new potato replacement, and while that may be a stretch (I mean, c’mon – you can never replace a good French fry), adding radishes to your food rotation can bring a unique flavour as well as health benefits to your diet.

They are a great vegetable if your doctor has advised you to manage your sugar or carbohydrate levels.

First and foremost, a raw radish is about 95% water. So, munching on raw radishes with dip can help you reach your daily water quota.

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Radishes also have vitamin C – known to help with cell repair and is a good antioxidant

Along with vitamin C, radishes have:

  • Calcium

  • Iron

  • Vitamin B6

  • Manganese

  • Potassium

  • Riboflavin

  • Niacin

  • Thiamine

  • Folate

And, radish greens, while usually thrown out, are nutritious as well and perfect in a smoothie or soup.

Whether eaten raw, cooked, pureed, in a dip, or pickled, radishes live up to the hype!

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Krista Swais-Hannesen Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief, A Beautiful Life Magazine & Books

Instagram: @kristahannesen

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