Did you know? As they grow rapidly, Radish plants are ideal for children’s gardens. Following are some other information regarding Radish that you may find useful:
• Radish plant can reach 6 feet in height and 3 feet in width. Size of the root depends on the variety. Rounded varieties are usually 1 inch wide, cylindrical types are 7 inches long, while carrot-like varieties grow to the size of 2 feet.
• Radish grows quickly. Seed starts to germinate 3 to 4 days after planting and Radish can be harvested 3 to 6 weeks later.
• Radishes can be broadly divided in 2 groups, based on the planting time. Summer types are planted in the spring. They are usually round shaped and pink in color. Winter types are sown at the end of the summer. They are often elongated and white colored and have stronger taste.
• Both root and top greens of Radish are used for cooking. Peeling may be avoided as the anti-oxidant isothiocyanates, which gives a peppery pungent flavor to Radish, are thickly concentrated in the peel.
• One cup of sliced Radishes (100 Grams) provides just 20 calories.
• They are a good source of vitamin C (15 mg per 100 gm) which is powerful water soluble anti-oxidant. It also contains small amounts of other nutrients such as magnesium, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, folic acid, potassium and minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, copper and calcium.
• Radish can be used to relieve stomach ache, to facilitate digestion and elimination of the excess body water and to regulate blood pressure.