11 Curious Facts About Radishes

sliced radishes

Here’s another one of the veggies that people don’t eat enough of.

1. Radishes are an edible root vegetable.

2. The radish is a member of the Brassicaceae family; its cousins are broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and turnip.

3. The origins of radishes are most likely China, and they have been cultivated around the world for thousands of years.

4. There are hundreds of varieties of radishes grown worldwide, reaching 2% of total global vegetable production.

5. 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.

6. Nutrition: Half a cup of sliced radishes (2 ounces) is only 10 calories. They are a good source of vitamin C and contain small amounts of other nutrients such as magnesium, vitamin B6, folic acid, potassium and calcium.

7. The most common use for raw radishes is in a salad.

8. The strong, slightly pungent flavor of radishes is caused by allyl isothiocyanates. These are oils present in mustard, horseradish, and wasabi as well.

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9. Horseradish is a type of elongated white radish that has a high amount of said allyl isothiocyanates.

10. Daikon is another type of elongated radish, most famously used in Japanese cuisine, where it is used pickled, dried, grated, and in stir-fries.

11. 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.

Do you include radishes in your meals?

rabanos

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  • mfp142

    Cherry Belle radishes sprout in three days and taste just like the full grown ones! They are full of all the nutrients and are considered micro-greens, served at a lot of fancy resturants at a heafty price. But you can grow them in a pot in the kitchen window and have a new bunch every three days, or use a jar to sprout the seeds using only water (not as tasty in my opinion). Just be sure to gently rinse, as they will break if you wash them hard. Btw, chickens love them too!

    • Cactus_Wren

      I’ll give those a try as soon as the heat breaks!

      • mfp142

        No need to wait, they sprout anytime of the year :0) We sprout ours in a small flower pot in the kitchen window.