Monthly Archives: June 2015

The Radical Radish

by Isabella Sisseros

The origin of the radish is quite vague, but it’s speculated that the notorious bulbous red root we know today, as well as the varieties that are less common to us, has its beginnings spread across the ancient worlds of Greece, Egypt and China.

Radish skin color ranges from white, pink, red, and purple to green to black, but all contain white flesh. The size of a radish can also range. Some radish have been known to be anywhere from one inch in diameter or longer for round roots, to three inches or more for long slender roots. Some daikon radishes can even grow as long as a foot or more in length.

Today, most of us recognize the iconic small circular variety, with its deep red skin, white flesh and spicy bite. Though this may be the most common to us, other regions of the world, such as China and Spain, enjoy other varieties. Spaniards favor the black radish, where daikon radishes are more commonly eaten in China.

Apart from the radish’s aesthetic appeal, crunchy texture and fresh spicy flavor, they provide great nutritional benefits. The radish is packed with essential nutrients such as vitamin C, which has anti-oxidant properties as well as vitamin B6. Other essential nutrients include: fiber, folate, potassium, calcium and magnesium, which help keep our bodies well supported and strong.

The Fort Collins Food Cooperative carries multiple types of radishes throughout the growing season. Look for local red radishes from farms such as Native Hill, or beautiful purple, white and pink radish bundles from Ol’ Dern, as well as, organic black radish and daikon to incorporate a more ethnic feel to your cuisine.

Try these Radical Radish recipes:

Try radishes grated fresh over salads or slice thinly and add to the top of sandwiches.

Eat them raw or pickled for a light snack.

Use daikon radishes in homemade kimchi.

Cut black radishes into match sticks and fry to make radish fries.

Slice or chop radishes to steam, sauté or grill then spice with rosemary, pepper and garlic for a side dish.

Enjoy!

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Isabella Sisneros is a Fort Collins Food Cooperative employee who holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from Colorado State University. She has spent the past six years studying food systems and has acquired knowledgeable experience in local sustainable agriculture, food justice and community nutrition outreach.

Jordan’s left~write brain: You were born ready, are you brain ready?

Hello Food Cooperative blog reader,

My name is Jordan and I am a Fort Collins Food Co-op staff member, who is deeply committed to being a long–term, integral part of the Food Co-op’s staff, member-owner, and family. As one of the handful of ‘lefties’ aspiring to do the ‘right’ thing at the co–op, I try to bring creative, refreshening energy and multi–cultural awareness to the eco–centric Food Co-op crew.

In this series of posts I will integrate both left–brain exposés & right–brain explorations into all things cooperative.

On a daily basis, the Fort Collins Food Co-op contributes locally to the higher function of Fort Collins, as well as, globally to the international cooperative model. The cooperative standard, that grows greater within the predominantly broken business system, is what inspires me to continue seeking parts to play in any and all solutions that focus on shifting from an obsolete, industrialized paradigm of “many separated me’s” toward a critically thinking mass of “one interdependent we” that I call a ‘whole~food/soul~full’ movement of the people, for the planet, with the profit.

This weekend, we northern–hemisphere folks celebrate the summer solstice, which not only is considered the longest day of the year, due to the extensive hours of sunlight, but it also coincides with Father’s Day. What’s more, June is Men’s Health Month.

For sure, masculine energy is in full schwing…er, i mean, swing.

Now, when I think of men’s health, I think of photoshopped images of hyper-masculine figures on the cover of Men’s Health Magazine. The featured stories promoting distorted diets and unrealistic body image trends are indeed, underlying misogynistic tones of what it means to be an ideal man in our society.

This month is dedicated to men’s health and yet how can we be fully aware of men’s health without exploring mental health? And, how can we fully encompass mental health without also including women, as well?

What seems to affect many men and women alike have their root cause in the mind’s misperceptions.

When masculine and feminine energy is inherently intertwined with-in the human spectrum of expression, the question is: How well do these forces of nature cooperate within you?

Jordan is a mixed–media lover of learning, a whimsical wordsmith who mindfully crafts meanings, facilitates “aha moments” & enjoys writing in first–person about his subjective life, although sometimes the objective, universal experience of the third–person (omniscient) perspective prefers to make an appearance, such as it likes to do. Jordan feels most alive & interconnected when authentically sharing our human experience(s)…whatever that means!

Ask the Doc: June is Men’s Health Month

PractticalHealthSolutions

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common concern for men that is not limited to the elderly. The Massachusetts Male Aging study revealed that 52% of men experience ED, including 40% of 40-year old men. ED is sometimes an early warning sign of diabetes, atherosclerosis, hypertension or hormonal imbalance. This article will focus on strategies you can take to prevent ED and possibly overcome it without the use of drugs.

Substances that may cause or contribute to ED include certain prescription drugs, excessive consumption of alcohol, cigarette smoking, amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana and BPA. Prolonged pressure on the perineum from long bike rides may contribute as well. Unresolved anger, anxiety, stress and depression can also contribute to ED. Stress management techniques and/or psychotherapy, with or without your partner, may help in these situations.

Dietary considerations for ED: Eat a diet of whole foods, avoiding all refined sugars, and refined foods in general. Consider a Mediterranean diet. Eat a small amount of protein with each meal and snack to minimize blood sugar peaks and troughs.

Use organic, non-GMO oils in a 2:1 ratio of omega-6 to 3 oils. For most of us, this means increasing our omega-3s and decreasing our omega-6 oils. Examples of healthy sources of omega-3 oils are flaxseed oil, walnut oil and fatty fish. Use only high smoke-point oils (grape seed, macadamia nut and sesame seed, etc) for stir-frying and other high-heat cooking. The Fort Collins Food Co-operative has a wide selection of these healthy oils.

Eating 100 grams of pistachio nuts per day for 3 weeks has been shown to improve ED ( Aldemir, etal. 2011). A great selection of bulk pistachios can also be found at the Food Co-operative as well.

The take-home message is that ED is often a symptom of a more serious condition, so a thorough work up is essential.

By Joan D Waters, ND   www.practicalhealthsolutions.com