In Arizona, you’ll have access to locally grown radishes from September through March and sometimes longer. Considered another nutrient-dense vegetable, nutritionists are indicating that we should be eating more of Arizona’s radishes.

This edible probiotic root crop is easy to grow and prolific under the right conditions in your own garden or readily found at any of Arizona’s farmers’ markets. Surprisingly multicolored, radishes come in white, red, purple or black flesh. According to nutritionists, radishes contain Fiber, Vitamin C, Folate, Potassium, Magnesium, Copper, Calcium, Manganese, and B Vitamins. All parts of the radish are useful for medicinal purposes including pods, flowers, and seeds. They are as juicy as they are pungent or sweet depending on the type you choose. 

Registered dietitian Rachael Link in an article in Healthline says nutrient-rich radishes can be eaten in a wide range of preparations, including raw, braised, pickled, sauteed, grilled, roasted, or stir-fried to add variety and color to dishes.

As a kid, I didn’t always appreciate the healthy and robust radish. But now I do and try to add to a variety of my own easy-to-make dishes. Arizona Farm Bureau’s Fill Your Plate features a few recipes that have radishes in the ingredients and we have articles too

At a minimum, I’m going to work toward enjoying more of them raw and as a simple snack.