Radishes can get a bum wrap because they aren’t stuffed with nutrients like, perhaps beets are. However, these low calorie treats still have a lot of important benefits.
First, and foremost, they’re probably the easiest crop to grow. If you’re a first time gardener, it can be satisfying to see these sprout and grow quickly. These little ruby red gems only take 25 days to mature!
Second, the whole plant can be consumed. Radish leaves are rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, calcium, vitamin A, potassium, and folic acid. You can either add them to a salad or saute them with some olive oil and your favorite seasoning.
The root contains high quantities of ascorbic and folic acid, and potassium. That’s not all, they also have a lot of vitamin B6, riboflavin, magnesium, copper, and calcium. The amounts may not be as high as other foods but when you mix them in (raw or roasted), you’re boosting your vitamin and mineral intake.
Now is the time to plant them! The best way to grow radishes is to stagger your planting. In other words, plant a row. Wait 1-2 weeks, then plant another row…and so on. Because these mature in 25 days, you can have a constant supply of fresh, delicious radishes. They store well in the fridge, but fresh is always best.