This is another one of those great clean-out-the frig recipes. Very simple. Take 6-8 cups of root vegetables (tonight I used black winter radish, turnips, and sweet potato). Hint: At least one should be sweet (like a sweet potato or carrot). Slice in 1″ pieces. Stir with 1 T of olive oil and 1 T dried herbs (use your favorites, I used Herbes de Provence). Bake in a preheated oven at 425F for 30-45 minutes.
The verdict: The sweet potatoes were great. The turnips were OK. The black radishes . . . I think I’m going to need to taste them a few more times in order to make a decision. They are definitely different and “pungent,” as they are described on the Internet.
Here is a little information about the Black Winter Radish, from our CSA:
I don’t often go into the history of specific vegetables, but one very odd vegetable that seems to be confounding many of you merited a little research. As with any internet-based research there is a wide array of opinions, particularly about the origin of The Black Spanish Round radish. From what I gather the general history of radishes goes back to china where many of the mustard seed crops were breed and raised. Then there is some evidence, that the black radish was eaten by the Egyptians, but probably the long version, not the round one that shows up in , Germany and other parts of Europe in the 1500’s.
Even in the ancient civilizations, the nutritional value of radishes was well known. Before the Middle Ages, radishes were used by sailors to prevent scurvy because of its high vitamin C content. It is also rich in vitamin B6, fiber, folate, and minerals like K, Ca, Mg, and even iodine.
Black Radish Root creates a tonic effect on the respiratory system, activates the liver cells, maintains a healthy gallbladder, aids digestion, facilitates a diuretic effect, is cleansing, is antibacterial, and is an excellent coadjutant for a hepatic colic by stimulating the secretion of bile. Black Radish Root is rich in vitamin C which makes it an interesting ally during winter months to fight coughs, infections and free radicals. Black radish also contains B vitamins and sulfur. Its high fiber content increases peristaltic movements and is a helpful laxative for constipation and bile movement.