Radishes are an easy vegetable to grow in North Florida, and in the Spring, there is an abundance of radishes in our gardens. So, what do you do with all those radishes?
Radishes are a fast growing vegetable that can grow from a seed to a plant in less than 30 days. Radishes are a root vegetable belonging to the Brassicaceae (mustard or cabbage) family. Radishes vary in size, taste, and color. Radishes can be eaten raw, oven roasted, or pickled. The length of time radishes are allowed to grow affects their taste. The longer they are in the ground, the spicier they become.
Radishes contain only 19 calories per serving, are high in vitamin C, and contain other important nutrients such as folate, potassium, and fiber. According to the Centers for Disease Control, eating vegetables like radishes may help reduce the risk of many diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and some cancers.
Radishes add color, flavor, and texture to coleslaws, salads, and side dishes. When oven roasting root vegetables like radishes, their natural sugars are released, bringing out their sweet, nutty flavors!
Here is a light and flavorful coleslaw recipe for all of those freshly picked radishes. Adding granny smith apples and thinly sliced radishes to traditional coleslaw makes it sweet, peppery, and delicious!
Cabbage, Apple, and Radish Coleslaw
Serves: 8 Prep Time: 10 minutes
5 cups of shredded cabbage, red or green
1 cup granny smith Apples, cut into small pieces
¾ cup radish, cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons white onions, diced
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup cider vinegar
1.5 tablespoons water
1.5 tablespoons oil
1/8 teaspoon celery seed
1/8 teaspoon dry mustard
A pinch of salt and pepper
Mix cabbage, radishes, apples, and onions in large mixing bowl.
In smaller bowl, combine sugar, vinegar, water, oil, mustard, celery seed, and salt and pepper, and mix well.
Add dressing to cabbage mix and stir well. Place in refrigerator and chill for 30 minutes before serving.
To learn more about Radishes, visit the FDACS website at: http://www.freshfromflorida.com/content/search?SearchText=radishes
Cabbage, Radish, Apple Coleslaw recipe courtesy of Blackberrybabe.com: blackberrybabe.com/2016/05/23/cabbage-radish-apple-cole-slaw/
To learn more about Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, visit the CDC Website at https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/