Pan-roasted radishes with garlic and parsley

Most people don’t think much about radishes outside of perhaps a few slices in a salad or as a garnish. But radishes have a lot of great potential for wheelchair users. The most important thing for wheelchair users to know is that radishes have an antidiabetic effect and appear to be very beneficial in diabetic conditions. [1]

Radishes also contain an important isothiocyanate antioxidant compound called sulforaphane, a potential (breast and lung) cancer fighter. [2,3,4] Furthermore, radishes are a very good source of water and fiber, and therefore also relieves symptoms of constipation. They are rich in vitamin C, antioxidants, detoxifying phytonutrients, flavonoids and bloodpressure-lowering potassium.[5]

Radishes are a great source of anthocyanins, a flavonoid, which not only give color to radishes but also provide numerous health benefits. Anthocyanins have been the subject of numerous medical studies, and have been positively linked to reducing the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases. [6]

And what a lot of people also do not know: radishes are diuretic in nature, which means that they increase the production of urine. Radish juice also treats inflammation and the burning sensation during urination. It cleans out the kidneys and inhibits infections in the kidneys and urinary system, thus helping the treatment of various urinary conditions that are exacerbated by excess toxins in the system. [7]

2 servings

  • 2 cups radishes, quatered or cut into halves
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • Optional: add the radish greens, chopped (I mostly do this or make a raw radish greens salad with a simple vinegar to mix with the pan-roasted radishes later)
  • Unrefined sea salt, to taste
  • Optional: add a handful of toasted sliced almonds after pan-roasting the radishes
  • Optional: or top the radishes afterwards with a sprinkle of bacon with for instance this meatless, soy and glutenfree Vegi Bacon from Cool Foods or the Betty Crocker’s Bacos Bits.
  • Heat a medium saute pan on medium-high heat.
  • Add the olive oil.
  • Add radishes and garlic and toss to coat.
  • Cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until softened and golden brown.
  • Add parsley and cook for about 30 seconds.
  • Optional: add radish greens until wilted for about 30 seconds.
  • Remove from heat and add the lemon zest.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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[1] Saleem Ali Banihani. Radish (Raphanus sativus) and Diabetes. Nutrients. 2017 Sep; 9(9): 1014

[2] Su X, Jiang X, Meng L3, Dong X1, Shen Y, Xin Y. Anticancer Activity of Sulforaphane: The Epigenetic Mechanisms and the Nrf2 Signaling Pathway. Oxid Med Cell Longev. 2018 Jun 6;2018:5438179.

[3] Pawlik A, Wała M, Hać A, Felczykowska A, Herman-Antosiewicz A. Sulforaphene, an isothiocyanate present in radish plants, inhibits proliferation of human breast cancer cells. Phytomedicine. 2017 Jun 15;29:1-10.

[4] Wang N, Wang W, Huo P, Liu CQ, Jin JC, Shen LQ. Mitochondria-mediated apoptosis in human lung cancer A549 cells by 4-methylsulfinyl-3-butenyl isothiocyanate from radish seeds. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2014;15(5):2133-9.

[5] Haddy FJ, Vanhoutte PM, Feletou M. Role of potassium in regulating blood flow and blood pressure. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2006 Mar;290(3):R546-52.

[6] Wallace TC. Anthocyanins in cardiovascular disease. Adv Nutr. 2011 Jan;2(1):1-7.