Radish is a root crop vegetable that has a strong taste with a lot of juice. Radishes can be white, red, purple or black, and in terms of shape, it can be long and cylindrical or round. They are eaten raw, cooked or pickled.
Choose: firm radishes with smooth skin and no spots or bruises. The radish tops, if still attached, should be bright green.
Avoid: large radishes.
In the fridge: 1 week, unwashed, with tops removed, in a loosely closed or perforated plastic bag.
Good source (raw): vitamin C and potassium.
Properties (raw): antiseptic, antiarthritic, antiscorbutic, antirheumatic, and aperitive. Radishes seem to aid digestion, and treat bronchitis, asthma, demineralization as well as the liver and gallbladder.
Raisins are dried grapes or currants that are rich in sources of energy, minerals and vitamins. They pack more nutrition than the size might indicate. They contain the phytochemical compound resveratrol, which alters the cell molecular level inside the blood vessels. Having raisins is an easy way to substitute your daily recommended fruit servings.
Buy: If the packing is transparent, check that the raisins are intact and not too dry.
At room temperature: 1 year, in a cool and dry place.
Excellent source: potassium.
Good source: iron, magnesium and copper.
Raspberries can either be black, red, yellow, orange, amber-colored or white, the most common being the red raspberries. They are more fragile than strawberries and their seeds are less visible. Raspberries can act as a great source of antioxidants when they are fully ripe.
Choose: firm, glossy raspberries.
Avoid: soft, dull raspberries, or ones that are packed too tightly.
Storing: Raspberries are fragile and highly perishable. Avoid exposing them to sunlight or leaving them at room temperature.
In the fridge: 1-2 days, unwashed and loosely packed raspberries, after removing all damaged ones.
In the freezer: as is or made into a coulis, with or without sugar. Raspberries will keep their shape if they are not completely defrosted.
Good source: vitamin C.
Properties: diuretic, tonic, and laxative. Raspberries are said to relieve heartburn.