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Radish Greens

Radish Greens

Many people wonder whether radish greens can be consumed? Radish tops or greens are used in many recipes. In this article we are going to discuss how you can use them for cooking.
Rimlee Bhuyan
When you purchase radishes from the market, you must have noticed some leaves that are growing out from the top of the radishes. These leaves are known as radish greens and they can be used for cooking. Not many people are aware that radish tops are edible and so they throw it away. Radish tops are full of nutrients and they taste good too. So the next time you purchase radishes, trim those leaves and use them in preparing dishes. There are many ways of using radish greens in your cooking. These leaves have a mild peppery taste that is very unique and lends itself well for flavoring soups and stews. If you are looking for inspiration for cooking radish leaves, here we are going to give you some ideas.
Cooking Radish Leaves
There are many different types of radishes, but the most popular ones are the white daikon radish and the red radish. You can use greens from any variety of radish for cooking. Just make sure that the leaves are fresh and are not old and discolored. Radish health benefits are many and even the green leaves are nutritious. Recipes that uses these greens include salads and soup recipes. But you can also use them in stir fries, casseroles and stews.
Radish Greens Soup
  • 12 cups radish greens, roughly chopped
  • 6 spring onions, diced
  • 4 tablespoons plain unsalted butter
  • 4 cups water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Heat the unsalted butter in a medium-sized saucepan. When the butter melts, add the spring onions and cook them until they are translucent and soft. Now add the chopped radish tops to the saucepan and stir them around until they have wilted. After about 5 minutes, add the water to the saucepan and lower the heat. Let the mixture simmer and then add salt and pepper. After about 10 minutes, the leaves will become tender and mushy. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and let it cool slightly. Now puree this mixture in a food processor until you have a smooth soup. You can also use a hand blender to puree the soup. Serve this delicious soup in soup bowls, topped with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of black pepper.
Radish Greens Salad
  • 1 cup radish greens
  • 1 small red onion, sliced
  • Juice of ½ a lime
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup arugula leaves

Wash both the radish leaves and arugula leaves thoroughly and place them on kitchen towels to dry. Mince the garlic clove and keep it aside. In a small bowl add the extra virgin olive oil, lime juice, sea salt and minced garlic and combine them together to make a salad dressing. In a wooden bowl, place the radish leaves, arugula leaves and sliced red onions and toss them with the salad dressing. Your delicious and nutritious salad is ready.
Radish Greens Pesto
  • 1 cup radish greens
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • ½ cup rapeseed oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ¼ cup chopped hazelnuts (without skins)
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

In a small skillet, toast the chopped hazelnut, until you have they are lightly browned. Remove them from heat when done and set aside. In a blender, add the radish leaves, toasted and chopped hazelnuts, clove of garlic, grated Parmesan cheese, sea salt and pepper. Pulse the blender for a few seconds. Now add the rapeseed oil into this mixture and blend for a few seconds until the pesto is thick and smooth.
Radish tops have six times more vitamin C than the vegetable. So don't throw them away and use them to make delicious dishes.