The radish is a sorely under-appreciated vegetable. Sure, it might be a small veggie – but it’s quite mighty nutritionally, and there are lots of good health reasons why you should eat your fill of this amazing little veggie!
1. Radishes are remarkably easy to grow.
The radish has a very quick growth cycle. Some varieties can be harvested in about 20 days! You can’t say that for most veggies in the garden. They are a wonderful vegetable for beginning gardeners to try. They are a cool weather crop, so plant them in the fall or spring.
Radishes are also quite fool-proof to grow. Grow them in full sun or in partial shade. Plant them in loose, well-drained soil. Remove soil clumps, rocks, and other obstructions from radish planting beds so that they can stretch out and grow with ease. You can also grow radishes in containers. If you want really healthy and robust radishes, mix some compost into your soil. Keep them well-hydrated and you’ll be ready to enjoy them in no time.
2. They are packed with flavor!
Radishes have a natural “zing” that many other veggies don’t have. Their one-of-a-kind flavor spices up any salad or dish. Or, eat them all alone as a healthy snack. Have a sore throat? The spicy flavor of the radish will cool it right off. Which leads me to the next reason we all should eat our radishes…
3. Radishes are great for digestive health, among many other things.
It is said in both ancient and modern holistic medicine that radishes help aid the digestive process and are a natural digestive cleansing agent. The Greeks and Romans would eat them with honey and vinegar for optimum digestive health benefit. But that’s not it by a long shot! Radishes can also help regulate blood pressure, relieve sinus congestion, soothe skin rashes, and help prevent respiratory problems associated with asthma. They also exhibit antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. So, eat your radishes up for good health.
4. Radishes are high in Vitamin C and other key nutrients.
Radishes are a very good source of vitamin C – approximately 25% of the daily recommended value! They also contain folate, fiber, riboflavin, potassium, copper, vitamin B6, magnesium, manganese, and calcium. Who knew such a tiny veggie could be so nutritionally dense?
If you want to grow your own radishes at home, fall is the perfect time to do so. The cool weather offers perfect radish-growing conditions. Direct sow them approximately 4-6 weeks before your first fall frost. In Zones 8 and up, you can plant them throughout the fall and winter.