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5 reasons radishes deserve to be on your grocery list

May 6, 2018

There’s a vegetable out there that so often gets overlooked by most of us, but really deserves a second look: radishes.

Oh yes, many of us may have seen a radish at least once a year during our childhood. Someone took the time to make those radish flowers at holiday meals.

Chances are, however, unless you grew up with a vegetable garden, have a garden now, or frequent farmer’s markets you’ve forgotten about radishes.  Here are five reasons why you should rediscover them and put them on your grocery list:

Radishes are high on flavor, but have great lows too!

They are very low carb if you have to watch your blood glucose levels or are looking to add more non-starchy vegetables to your meals to manage your weight. Five medium radishes (about 1″ in diameter each) have just 1 gram of carbohydrates.

To say they are low calorie is an understatement.  Five medium radishes (about 1″ in diameter each) have only 9 calories!

They are also a low FODMAP food.  To many people, this fact doesn’t matter. If, however, you are in the elimination phase of trialing the FODMAP approach to managing your IBS, this is great news especially if you are missing garlic and onions!

They are relatively inexpensive and budget friendly.

Depending on the time of year, some grocery stores sell them for less than $1.50 per bag.  If you have access to a local farm or farmer’s market, however, try their radishes. They may be are more expensive, but you will find different varieties from mild to pungent.  Plus, you’ll be supporting local agriculture.

Radishes are like onions in that they get milder and sweeter when they cook.

The heat deactivates the enzyme that contributes to their pungency. If you don’t like them raw, try them cooked – you will be surprised. (Try the recipe below!) Pickled radishes can be good too.

They keep well.

That makes them perfect for using when it’s just before your next grocery shopping trip and there’s not much left in the refrigerator!

There are so many good ways to use them either raw or cooked.

Do a quick internet search and you’ll come up with dozens of ways to use them.  Here are’s one of my favorite recipes that works well with seafood, chicken or pork.  It’s also a low FODMAP recipe!

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Sauteed Radishes with Olives (a low FODMAP recipe)

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 serves
Calories: 128kcal
Author: Lisa Garcia, MS, RDN, LD, CLT


  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 pound of radishes, cleaned and sliced thin
  • 20 coarsely chopped olives*
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat oil on medium heat in a medium to large fry pan.
  • When oil moves easily, add radishes.
  • Stir occasionally until radishes start to become translucent, but avoid browning them. This usually takes 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Add in the olives and stir for 30 seconds.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Check seasoning and add pepper or salt if needed.
  • Serve.


Aside from the variety of radish used, the greatest variation in flavor in this dish will be dependent on the olives you choose. While the canned "black pearls" will work, I highly recommend using good quality Kalamata olives for this dish.
Nutrition facts below are based on using a commonly available brand of Kalamata olives in a jar.


Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 0g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 343mg



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