Radish - Good Harvest Farm
Radish are a striking root vegetable with varieties ranging in colour from all white to rich, crimson. In southeast Queensland whilst we are lucky to be able to grow radishes throughout the year but they do far better during the cooler months which is when we tend to focus on them. Did you know that whilst radishes are best known for their edible roots, the leaves, flowers, seed pods and seed sprouts are all edible too?
Radish have pleasantly sharp, peppery flavour yet also can leave a sweet taste on the palate. Older radish seem to be stronger in their spice profile and tend to be more woody or fibrous. They add a magnificent crunch to salads when added raw, but can also be pickled, grated, steamed, boiled and blanched or grilled.
Radish make wonderful companion plants especially with beans, carrot, lettuce, sweet corn, cucumber, spinach, parsnip and nasturtium.
Radish are available year round.
Radishes are rich in antioxidants and minerals such as potassium and calcium. These nutrients are believed to be beneficial in lowering high blood pressure and reducing the risk of heart disease. Radish are also known for helping to cleanse the liver and stomach, hence assisting with detoxification and purification of the blood.
To get the most from your radish, remove the radish leaves and store unwashed greens in a loosely wrapped plastic bag in the crisper bin of your fridge. They will store for up to 1 week. Wash before use.
Radish can also be frozen, simply blanch for 3 minutes then dunk in ice water for 3 minutes, drain and pop in a freezer bag and freeze.
Delicious recipes coming soon!