Zentraveler on health benefits of White Radishes!

White Radishes

A white radish is a member of the radish family native to East Asia, where it has been cultivated for centuries. There are a number of ways to use white radish in cooking, in Asian recipes and recipes from further afield, and this food is often obtainable at big grocery stores and Asian markets. Enterprising gardeners can also cultivate white radish at home, as it grows very readily and is generally easy to handle.

This food is also sometimes known as the Chinese radish, loo bak, mooli, winter radish, labanos, Japanese radish, or daikon. In appearance, it resembles an oversized white carrot or turnip, with a tapering root and a spray of large green leaves. When a white radish is grown entirely underground, it will have a tender, crispy texture and a mild flavor. If the root is allowed to protrude above the ground, the exposed areas can turn green and slightly woody; a green-topped radish should be avoided, if possible.

Several cultures believe that white radish is a very effective digestive aid. Small plates of grated radish may be served with fried foods and other heavy dishes to help people digest the meal. White radish may also be offered as a palate cleanser, or used as a garnish. In Japan, people are more inclined to eat white radish raw in things like salads, while the Chinese tend to prefer to cook it in stir fries and other dishes. White radish pickle is also a popular condiment and snack in some parts of Asia.

Fresh white radishes are crispy and juicy, with a delicate flavor which can be quite enjoyable. When used in cooked dishes, they can be thrown in at the last minute to retain their crispy nature, or allowed to simmer for a longer period of time, depending on the taste of the cook. Grated white radishes are also used in the preparation of cooked dishes such as delicate fried cakes served around Chinese New Year.

Although white radishes are winter radishes, classically maturing in the fall and winter, they are often available year round. People who live in temperate climates where summer weather does not climb to high temperatures can to grow this vegetable. They should prepare the soil by fertilizing it and making sure that it will drain well, and plant out seeds or seedlings in mid summer. White radishes like to stay moist during their growing period, and they will need to be thinned to give the roots some room to grow. They can be harvested through the fall. research credits: wisegeek.com

If you have high blood pressure, you are at higher risk for kidney disease, heart disease and stroke. Although no single food determines your blood pressure, white radishes can be a healthy addition to an overall balanced diet for lowering your numbers.

So there you have it. If you want to improve your general health… why not add white radishes to your weekly menu!

Disclaimer: This website is simply the writers views and is not an attempt to practice medicine or provide specific medical or health advice and should not be used to make a diagnosis or to replace or overrule a qualified health care provider’s judgment. None of the statements on Zentraveler are to be understood as a recommendation on how to treat any disease or health related condition. If you require medical or other assistance Zentraveler strongly encourages users to consult with a qualified health care professional.

QUOTE: “Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself.”
– Henry David Thoreau

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: The large white radish is called “Little Ginseng in China. Radishes were found on the dining tables of Egyptians dating back to 2780 B.C. China later developed many of the varieties of radishes that we eat today including the small round red and white radishes seen in most grocery stores across America to giant daikon popular in Japan and other parts of Asia. The flavor varies a bit from variety to variety but most are crisp with a slightly peppery bite. Radishes are mostly eaten raw in salads and other cold dishes but the larger daikon is also used in stir-fries.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: White Radishes–they are under appreciated! Give them some love!

ZENTRAVELER SAYS:Eat more white radishes and skip the doctors and pharmacies.

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