When can babies eat radishes?
While you could try giving a 6-month-old baby a cooked radish to suck on, it might be best to wait until your baby is 12 months old as radishes can be tough on the belly. Raw, hard foods like carrots, apples, and radishes are also choking hazards, so make sure to read on for age-appropriate serving suggestions.
Are radishes healthy for my baby?
The healthier the soil, the healthier the radish. Most radishes have a decent amount of vitamin C, as well as B-vitamins, folate, and minerals—though your baby would have to eat an awful lot of radishes to get a substantial amount of nutrients. Too much radish can cause an upset stomach, so we suggest treating this root vegetable as a seasoning rather than making it the star of your baby’s plate.
One way to use radish as a seasoning—and to boost its nutritional value—is by fermenting it to make a kimchi. Fermented vegetables offer significant probiotic benefits for babies and adults alike. Babies are born with an undeveloped gut microbiome, and their food intake of friendly probiotic foods helps introduce friendly bacteria that support brain development, weight management, hormone function, and immune regulation. Try mixing finely chopped kimchi with rice as a way of introducing radish to your baby. Traditional kimchi includes very spicy peppers, so take care and introduce just a little at a time to help your babyacclimate to the heat (you may also want to rinse the kimchi under water before serving to reduce the intensity of the peppers). And don’t forget to read your labels: kimchi can be high in sodium, which, if consumed in excess, is not good for babies (or adults).
Are radishes a choking hazard for my baby?
Yes. Raw, hard vegetables and fruits are high on the list of choking hazards for children under the age of five. To safely serve radishes, you may grate them, slice them into paper-thin pieces, or cook them until soft.
Are radishes a common allergen?
Allergies to radishes are not common, though children with seasonal, airborne allergies and/or allergies to aged foods (such as aged cheese) may experience a reaction to fermented radishes. What is more common is an upset stomach when eating raw radishes. People with sensitivities to foods in the nightshade family of plants (which includes eggplant, tomatoes, and peppers) may also be sensitive to radishes. People who are allergic or sensitive to mustard greens may also react to radish, as it is a part of the mustard plant family.
How do you prepare radishes for babies with baby-led weaning?
Every baby develops on their own timeline. The preparation suggestions below are for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for professional, one-on-one advice from your pediatric medical or health professional, nutritionist, or expert in pediatric feeding and eating. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read or seen here.
6 to 12 months old: Avoid as they are hard on the belly. If you really want to go for it, serve cooked, grated radishes.
12 to 24 months old: Offer bite-size pieces of cooked radishes or thinly sliced raw radishes. Adding some butter may help!
★Tip: There are many different types of radish varieties and therefore a range of flavors to try. Visit a farmer’s market at the height of summer, and you may find radishes ranging in color from pink to purple to green to white to black. The different colors offer different flavor and nutrient profiles, with each variety differing in the level of kick or bite, so taste a little before serving a radish to your baby.
Recipe: Roasted Radishes
- Radishes (any variety)
- Avocado oil or vegetable oil
- Trim the greens, steams, and root from each radish. Wash the radishes under cold water.
- Toss the cleaned radishes in a bit of oil, then place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and roast them in the oven at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. They should be very soft and easily mashed between with a fork.
- Let the radishes cool completely before serving them to your baby.
- Depending on the size of the radish and your baby’s age, you may want to slice the radishes in half lengthwise to lower the choking risk. You may also cut each radish into smaller pieces if your baby’s pincer grasp has developed.
Radishes tend to taste good in tacos, soba noodle dishes, and kimchi. They’re also great on their own with butter. Lots and lots of butter!