Top 10 Curious and Interesting facts about Radish
Offering a peppery, satisfying crunch with every bite, radishes have a unique place in the hearts of veggie lovers.
Radish is such an easy plant to grow that it grows with quite ordinary soil conditions and is very fast growing also. It becomes ready to eat in just 25 to 30 days after sowing the seeds.
Radish, that common and beloved part of your salad, is a root crop, and it is pungent or sweet in taste with a lot of juice. One can obtain radishes very fresh by growing at home in a simple pot very easily.
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.
Here are some interesting and curious facts about radishes.
1. Radish has mild to hot peppery flavor and crunchy texture. It is often consumed raw in the form of salads, but it also can be pickled, boiled and fried.
2. Radishes are so easy and fast to grow, even kids can do it. This is why you will see radishes in many school and community gardens.
3. The strong, slightly pungent flavor of radishes is caused by allyl isothiocyanates. These are oils present in mustard, horseradish, and wasabi as well.
4. Daikon is another type of elongated radish, most famously used in Japanese cuisine, where it is used pickled, dried, grated, and in stir-fries.
5. Radish is usually cultivated because of its edible root. Color, size, shape and taste of root depend on the variety. Best known types are white, pink, red, purple, yellow and green colored.
6. Radish is usually cultivated as an annual plant (plant that completes its life cycle in one year).
7. In Mexico, the annual Noche de Rabanos (Night of the Radishes) festival takes place 24 hours prior to Christmas Eve. Mexican sculptors create Nativity scenes using very large radishes.
8. Radishes are a very good source of vitamin C – 25% of the daily recommended value – helping to rebuild tissues and blood vessels, and keeping bones and teeth strong.
9. Radish produces white flowers arranged in racemose inflorescence. Insects are main pollinators of the flowers. Fruit of radish is edible pod filled with seed.
10. There are hundreds of varieties of radishes grown worldwide, reaching 2% of total global vegetable production.
**Recommended Planters for Vegetables:**
As with any kind of garden, success usually starts with the soil. Most vegetables do best in moist, well-drained soil that’s rich in organic matter (such as compost or peat moss).
If you don’t have a good soil for vegetables, you can also buy ready to use nutrient rich soil.
In general use a soil-based compost placed over a generous layer of drainage material such as earthenware crocks, pebbles or gravel. Water and feed regularly, especially while plants are bearing flowers and fruit, when a high-potash fertilizer is recommended.