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The Radish Revolution: From Ancient Egypt to Modern Australia

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green radish

From the pyramids of ancient Egypt to the kitchens of modern Australia, we’re very happy to announce premium quality radish seeds are now available the Sydney Sprouts online store – and they’re just perfect for home sprouting or growing as microgreens. 

Grown to maturity, the radish is an edible root vegetable which belongs to the Brassicaceae family which also includes garden favourites like mustard, broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower. It’s believed radishes were domesticated back in pre-Roman times and, amongst other things, were apparently very popular in ancient Egypt. In fact, along with onions and garlic, it’s been documented that radishes were paid as ‘wages’ to many of the labourers who built the Pyramids. 

Easy to grow 

Radish microgreens are one of the easiest microgreens to grow, making them a great choice for first-time home growers. Simply activate your seeds in water and they’ll begin to germinate almost immediately. They’ll then grow very fast and usually be ready to harvest within just 3-5 days, using nothing more than a pair of kitchen scissors. Forget green thumbs – anyone can grow them! 

Taste, texture and colour 

Just like the bulbs from their fully-grown siblings, radish microgreens have a distinctive peppery flavour and a wonderfully crunchy texture. (The taste is caused by the presence of colourless oils known as allyl isothiocyanates which are also found in mustard, horseradish, and wasabi.) They can be easily added to everyday snacks, meals and salads, or try substituting radish microgreens for the leafy lettuce or spinach you might usually have on sandwiches for an extra zing of flavour.  

Even better, Sydney Sprouts radish seeds are available in both green and purple varieties – allowing you to provide a splash of colour AND taste to your meals! 

 

purple radish

 

Nutritious 

Whether you enjoy them as sprouts or microgreens, radishes punch way above their weight for nutritional value. For starters, they’re very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. They’re also rich in a host of important vitamins and minerals as you can in the table, below. Vitamin C. Vitamin B. Vitamin A. Thiamin. Riboflavin. Pantothenic Acid. Calcium. Iron. Copper. Niacin. Folate. Magnesium. Phosphorus. Manganese. You name it, if it’s good for you, you’ll probably find it in radishes.

radish nutrition table

Source: https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2772/2 

Did you know? 

Every year on December 23rd, the town of Oaxaca in southern Mexico has a festival called Noche de Rabanos (Night of the Radishes). It features an array of radish-themed events including radish carving, where sculptors create nativity scenes from giant radishes! 



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