Greens Cookery April 2016 - Page 38

Beet and Ginger Mocktail Sip on this sparkling, refreshing mocktail. Perfect for day or night. Yield: 1 cocktail Ingredients 1 cup club soda 1 tablespoon grated beets 1 teaspoon grated ginger 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 tablespoons agave 1/2 cup of ice Preparation 1. Combine club soda, beets, ginger, lemon juice, agave and ice to chill in a small mixing bowl. 2. Pour mixture through a strainer into a separate mixing bowl to remove beet, ginger pulp, and ice. 3. Pour into glass. 4. Garnish with beet star. Variation: Add 1 1/2 ounces of gin. Curious Food The Black Spanish Radish is an ancient, medium-hot, winter radish. This radish is part of the root vegetable family and is a slow growing crop with a 60-day harvesting period. The Black Spanish Radish has a thin black skin with white flesh and is similar in size and shape to a turnip at about 3” to 4” in diameter. The texture of the Black Spanish Radish is tender but dense and a bit dryer than other radishes. The flavor is peppery, earthy, and slightly bitter, similar to traditional radishes. The Black Spanish Radish was first cultivated in the Eastern Mediterranean, and was then popularly grown in Egypt, England and France. This radish has long been used as a medicinal remedy around the world. In Europe and China it is used for digestive purposes as well as to improve gallbladder health. In India, the black radish is utilized for liver health and in China it is used to promote pulmonary and respiratory health. The Black Spanish Radish can be eaten raw or cooked and is used in a variety of preparations: • • • • The radish can be sliced and served with dips as an appetizer. It can be grated and tossed into a salad. It can be sautéed and served as a side dish. Or it can be diced and added to soups, stir fries, or stews. If the flavor is too pungent for the palate, slice and salt the radish and rinse before serving. Chervil, chives, sea salt and parsley all do a nice job of enhancing the flavor of the Black Spanish Radish. Black radishes are an exceptional source of vitamin C, and also provide vitamins A, E, B, as well as the minerals potassium, iron and magnesium. While being a very low calorie food at only 16 calories per a 3 ounce serving, these radishes pack a nutritional punch with an impressive level of antioxidants, electrolytes, vitamins and minerals. Look for Black Radishes during their peak seasons of winter and spring. When choosing your radish check for a fresh and firm appearance. Avoid those with cracks or cuts or those not sporting crispy green top leaves. Once the best radish has been selected, take it home, remove the top greens, thoroughly wash the outer surface, and store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for no more than two weeks.