Wonderful Winter Food
Nutrients: 1 cup of sliced radishes has 19 calories, 2 g fiber, 8% DV potassium, 29% DV vitamin C, 7% DV folate
Health benefits: With very few calories per cup and a nice dose of fiber, radishes are a dieter’s dream. They can help fill you up without filling you out.
In addition, radishes contain similar sulfur compounds to cruciferous vegetables (e.g., broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage), which protect against certain cancers. One study done in India found that those who ate radishes were 60% less likely to develop gallbladder cancer as compared to those who ate no radishes.
Quick-prep ideas: Slice radishes and toss them with green salad. Or roast them with other root vegetables, such as potatoes, parsnips, onions, and garlic, with a small amount of olive oil, then sprinkle with thyme.
What to look for: Should be firm with a smooth, unblemished surface. If attached, leaves should be crisp and green with no soft spots.
Where primarily grown: California, Florida