There are a lot of notions that we are out to prove wrong. Throwing out the greens of cruciferous vegetables is one of them.
Did you know that the greens of radishes hold more nutrients than an actual radish? Packed with Vitamin C and minerals like phosphorus, calcium, Iron and folic acid that are all essential for optimal wellness; radish greens can be added to any meal that calls for greens.
How To Use Radish Greens:
Radishes grow in dirt. Therefore when you buy them, they will still have earths crust on them. Make sure when you get them home you mix a solution of one cup of white vinegar and 4 cups of water to soak your radishes. This will help remove any dirt, bugs and other debris from your food source. You can cut your tops off and then do this step but we wash all parts of the vegetable anyways. Doing it this way saves time.
Once you've soaked your whole radishes for 30 minutes, rinse and chop off the greens. Lay them out to dry or use a salad spinner to get excess moisture off your greens. Place in your fridge crisper. Radish greens keep for roughly a week. If you see yellowing of the greens, it's time to pitch em'.
Why should I add radish greens to my diet?
Radish greens hold more nutrients than an actual radish. Getting enough essential vitamins, minerals and fiber is one of the crucial steps in obtaining wellness. When it comes to health it is important to remember that while taking a supplement is easier, the most powerful medicine is what's on the end of your fork!
Benefits of Radish Greens
Rich in Vitamin C: Repairs body tissue
Rich in Vitamin B6: Essential for brain health
Rich in Magnesium: Supports healthy blood sugar levels
Rich in Phosphorus: Phosphorus helps manage the body's energy use
Contains Iron: Irons helps the body make hormones our body needs
Contains Calcium: Essential for strong bones. Women stop producing Calcium on our own when we reach 30 years of age so getting adequate amounts of calcium is important for bone health.
Contains Vitamin K : Vitamin K contributes to a youthful glow in your skin
How to Prepare Radish Greens:
Radish Green Pesto
1 cups fresh radish greens, packed
1 cup fresh basil leaves, packed
1/2 cup freshly grated Romano or Parmesan cheese (about 2 ounces)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup pine nuts (can sub pepitas or hemp hearts)
3 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
1/4 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or more to taste
Place the greens and nuts in a food processor and pulse until roughly blended
Add the garlic and parmesan cheese. Pulse a few more times and scrape the walls of the blender. Pulse a few more times
Put processor on blend and pour in the olive oil
Season mixture with salt and pepper to taste
Other ways to prepare radish greens
You can sauté Radish greens
You can add them raw in a salad
You can add them in omelets and pasta sauces
Radishes are soon to be available through our farm! Make sure you don't miss these cool weather loving veggies available in May!!