Vitamins and Minerals
Found Inside Radishes
Radishes are surprisingly rich in
nutrients our bodies seek, even though they are 95 percent
water. Radishes can be nutritious when juiced (in
small amounts) and combined with other juices. Here are a
few of the questions we attempt to answer about
- What vitamins in Radishes make them so good
- What is the best method for juicing Radishes?
- What are some great buying tips for Radishes?
Plus, we'll do our best to provide some general information
about radishes that you might not find so easily elsewhere
on the Internet.
Let's learn more about
Vitamins and Minerals
Although nearly 95 percent water, radishes are rich in
ascorbic acid, folic acid, and potassium. Radishes are also a
good source of vitamin B6, riboflavin, magnesium, copper, and
calcium. Here is a brief snapshot of some of the vitamins and
minerals contained in raw radishes.
Vitamins in Radishes
- Thiamine (Vitamin B1)
- Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
- Niacin (Vitamin B3)
- Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5)
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin C
Minerals in Radishes
The raw radish flesh has a crisp texture and a pungent,
peppery flavor, caused by chewing glucosinolates and the enzyme
myrosinase in the radish, that, when brought together form
allyl isothiocyanates , also present in mustard, horseradish
One cup of sliced red radish bulbs provides approximately 20
Calories or less, coming largely from carbohydrates, making
radishes, relative to their size, a very filling food for their
The next time you think about radishes... think about how
they might add a boost to your daily nutrition through
Tips for Juicing
Juicing radishes can add both flavor and
valuable nutrients to most any home-juiced cocktail... or
it can result in a not-so-palatable drink that is
difficult, if not impossible to swallow.
Here are a few tips for juicing Radishes that may help
turn your juicing experience into something you look forward to
and thoroughly enjoy.
First, for obvious reasons (if you've ever eaten a radish),
they should not be juiced alone as they have a sharp bite and
produce a strong tasting juice.
However, small amounts of radish juice combined with other
juices can be quite delightful. (Try it with orange-carrot
A small measure of radish juice mixed with a more palatable
juice can restore and strengthen mucus membranes, clear sinus
cavities, and soothe sore throats (although I prefer a dash of
freshly juiced ginger root added to a fruit or vegetable juice
for a sore throat).
Purchasing Tips for
If you grow your own radishes, be sure to pick them as soon
as they ripen and keep in mind that the hotter the season gets,
the hotter the radishes will become.
If you are unable to grow your own radishes, then here are a
few tips for buying radishes that may help you get the freshest
ingredients. We'll also include a few storing tips for
Radishes that you might find helpful.
Regardless which type of radish you choose to buy (small,
red and round or the longer tubular type), choose radishes that
are firm and crisp.
Sometimes you will find in-store radishes that have their
greens attached. This is to signify freshness... but cut the
tops as soon as you can as they draw nutrients from the
Store cleaned and dried radishes in the refrigerator for a
week or so.
We sometimes keep a small handful of cleaned radishes in a
container with iced water in the refrigerator to have as a
handy chilled and crunchy treat.
This article wouldn't be complete if we didn't
include a little general information about Radishes, as well as
a few helpful links if you want to explore Radishes
Domesticated in Europe in pre-Roman times, the
radish (Raphanus sativus) is an edible root vegetable of the
Radishes are now grown and consumed throughout
Radish skins come in a variety of colours. Most
commonly known is the round, red-skinned variety of radish
but other varieties may have a pink, white or gray-black
skin, and there is a yellow-skinned variety.
The most popular part of the radish for eating
is the napiform taproot, although the entire plant is edible
and the tops can be used as a leaf vegetable.
The bulb of the radish is usually eaten raw,
but tougher specimens can be steamed... and as we know from
above, they can be enjoyed juiced in small quantities and mixed
with other juices.
The seeds of the Raphanus sativus species can
be pressed to extract seed oil. Wild radish seeds contain up to
48% oil content, and while not suitable for human consumption
the oil has promise as a source of bio fuel. The oilseed radish
grows well in cool climates.
The seeds of radishes grow in pods, following
flowering that happens when left to grow past their normal
harvesting period. The seeds are edible, and are sometimes used
as a crunchy, spicy addition to salads.
A new species of radish was recently discovered
in Japan, which scientists believe is from a hybrid of the
"White Icicle" radish and the "Plum Purple" radish. It is a
deep purple color and is found mostly at the base of Mt. Fuji
in caves. Scientists are calling it the "Night's Air" radish,
since it does not grow as well in direct sunlight.
The descriptive Greek name of the genus
Raphanus means "quickly appearing" and refers to the rapid
germination of these plants.
Summer radishes mature rapidly, with many
varieties germinating in 3-7 days, and reaching maturity in
just three to four weeks.
Sources/Resources for Radishes
Be sure to check out both our
"Juicing" and our "Smoothies"
sections for delicious recipes and more using