I have never made the mistake of blending radishes in my green smoothie. That would be a hard smoothie to drink!
When it comes the radish GREENS, however, that’s a different story.
If you are like me, you’ve thrown away radish greens for years. Unfortunately, we have thrown away a significant source of calcium, iron, magnesium and folate, as well as vitamins A, C, K and other nutrients.
Not only are radish greens edible, the leaves are the most nutritious part of the plant!
And they aren’t bitter, either. Radish greens have a mild flavor and taste a lot like lettuce. When I added the greens from an entire bunch of radishes in a green smoothie I made, I couldn’t even taste them.
Radish leaves are easily hidden in just about any green smoothie recipe. I found them to be as easily masked by fruit as baby spinach. They have a soft texture so they blend up easily like fresh spinach.
How Much To Use
I typically toss in a whole radish bunch worth of greens in the blender with some additional spinach, kale, or dandelion.
I don’t often measure my food before making a green smoothie (unless I’m working on a recipe), but I’d say at least two cups of radish greens would be adequate for a green smoothie and still remain hidden by the fruit. I’ve yet to make a smoothie that tasted like radish top.
If one bunch of radishes provides less than two cups of greens, I’d say toss in another bunch or add some extra spinach, kale or other leafy green if you want to boost the mineral content further.
Radish Greens Nutrition Information
Radishes are super rich in calcium with 200mg (20% RDA) of calcium in just a 3 ounce, 44 calorie serving.
You’ll also get 2 grams of protein, no fat and 13% of your RDA of iron as well as vitamins A (280% RDA) and C (173% RDA).
All greens are a naturally rich source of vitamin K and magnesium, as well as other vitamins and minerals.
The health benefits of radish greens would be similar to the health benefits of most other leafy greens. They provide an excellent source of minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. They provide a source of plant-based protein.
Selecting & Storing Radish Greens
Since most people eat radishes and toss the greens, the greens are not sold primarily as a vegetable, so they can be a bit soiled. Simply wash them thoroughly with water to remove any debris.
Select radish bunches with bright green leaves that are not wilted or yellowing.
I highly recommend only selecting organic radishes when you plan to eat the greens. I always insist on buying organic leafy green for my green smoothies.
Radish greens are highly perishable, so they should be used as soon as possible.
Besides blending radish greens in smoothies, you can use them in salads, sandwiches, or any other recipe that calls for greens. I think they are delicious. They also add nutritional variety to my diet and provides a rich, vegan source of calcium.
Try radish greens in your next green smoothie.