If you love radishes, then you will love radish sprouts and microgreens. In its young form, the spiciness of the full grown radish is intensified, giving you a punch of flavor.
Radish sprouts have a mild peppery flavor, just like radish plants. Since other sprouts can be a bit bland or dull, radish sprouts can make a pleasant contrast with their brief hit of spice.
They've have gained popularity due to their naturally occurring plant estrogens that are similar to human estrogen, and it's been reported that they're helpful with symptoms related to menopause, hot flashes, and fibrocystic disease. Radish sprouts also a rich source of vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, and contain chlorophyll and all essential amino acids.
Providing a sense of fullness, radish sprouts may also aid weight loss. Their enzymes break down the starch in foods, which increases the absorption of nutrients.
Similar to other sprouts, they are often added to salads, sandwiches, and stir-fry dishes, providing a crispness and mild taste to the surrounding flavors. Radish sprouts are often used as an ingredient for Asian dishes, as they are sautéed or stir-fried into other foods.
Since they are very delicate, sprouts can only be heated for 20 to 30 seconds before wilting. It's even better to just toss the sprouts into the already cooked dish, allowing the residual heat to cook the sprouts.