Radishes, a crunchy root vegetable, are commonly eaten raw and can be found sliced on most salad bars these days. Though radishes can come in a variety of colors and shapes, most of us will be familiar with cute little round radishes with the red and white flesh.
Growing up I can’t say I was a fan of radishes. As a matter of fact, I hated them. I do remember my parents enjoying them and having them on the table from time to time. But I didn’t like the peppery taste that accompanied the crunch most people enjoy. I never did understand why they were spicy when after all they were just a root like some of my other favorites carrots and potatoes.
Since my childhood, I’ve learned that the radish can come in all types of shapes and even colors. I also now know why they carry a slight peppery taste. They are a part of the Brassicaceae family and their hint of spice is reminiscent of their root cousin, horseradish.
Tastes Change and So can Radishes
These days, I am happy to report that my feelings for radishes have changed. Gone are the days of harboring disdain for these little gems. I actually find myself looking forward to serving them at meal time. Mind you, the little girl in me still doesn’t like them raw, so I am glad that not only have my tastes changed but so have my options for radishes!
If you follow a low carb or the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle you will know that I am not alone with my new-found love of these little root vegetables. Because of the lower carb content in radishes, they can offer a great substitute in dishes that call for potatoes, like roasts and soups. If you like dishes like these two I mention I would definitely recommend you try adding them in place of the starchy potatoes. As for myself and my husband, we enjoy our radishes either roasted or simply sautéed in bacon drippings with some red onion slices tossed in. Simple sides make me happy. They cook up quickly and offer a break from our typical sides like broccoli and green beans.
My young son, like myself at his age, has not completely confessed his love for radishes, even the cooked ones, but he is slowly warming up to them and will at least take a spoonful on his plate each time I make them. So, I am hopeful that with time he will also learn to love radishes, but until then that just leaves more for me!
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