When I was a kid I hated them. My mom had to force me to eat them, but when a naturist recommended she drank its juice, she hated them too. I saw a bag of radishes at the Mexican market the other day and decided to give them another chance into my diet. Why i hated them so much when I was a boy I don’t understand. I wouldn’t describe them as the tastiest veggies, but they are not nasty by any stretch of the imagination. Besides, they are surprisingly healthy (for such small guys).
Radishes are an edible root vegetable related to turnips and mustard. There are many varieties including red, white and black radish. They have been cultivated and eaten in China, Japan and parts of Europe for thousands of years. It is believed that they were eaten in Egypt and ancient Greece. Radish was introduce to northern Europe and America in the sixteen century and now it’s very popular around the globe.
Radishes germinate and mature rapidly. During the summer they can me germinate and grow in just three to four weeks. They grow best in full sun and fertile, acidic to neutral soil. They are in season from April to as late as October in the northern hemisphere.
Radishes are rich in vitamin C, iron, sulphur and iodine. They are classified as cruciferous plants, which are linked to anti-cancer properties. Their “spicy” flavor is unlike any other vegetable and add an unexpected flavor to your meals and salads. They added a lot of flavor to this potato salad and this taco salad.
With all this information I am thinking I want to have some radishes in my garden (my very first one) this summer. There’s nothing like having fresh, healthy food in your backyard. How many of you like radishes? How do you prepare them?
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