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Radishes

Radishes
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Availability

All year round.

 

Storage and Handling

Remove leafy tops and store in the refrigerator.Handle all fresh produce with care and wash before eating.

 

History

Radish originated from South East Asia and were grown as early as 2700BC. Ancient Egyptians were fond of radish and used them as currency to ‘pay’ labourers who built the pyramids.

 

Facts and Varieties

  • Red Radish: The most common radish in New Zealand are the red varieties, either globe shaped or slightly cylindrical
  • Daikon Radish: Also known as Japanese, Giant radish and Chinese radish, Lo Baak and Lo Bok
  • The word radish is derived from the Latin words ‘radix’ meaning root, and ‘raphanus’ meaning easily grown. However, radish is really a swollen stem rather than a root even though it grows underground

 

Growing Facts

  • Plant at any time
  • Radish are quick and easy to grow
  • Radish are great for a child’s first garden as they are easy to grow and seedlings appear in the first three or four days

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 1 radish - 15g raw

Avg Quantity per serving Avg Quantity per 100g
Energy (kJ/Cal) 13/3 87/21
Protein (g) 0.1 0.9
Fat, total (g) 0.08 0.5
- saturated (g) 0.02 0.1
Carbohydrate (g) 0.4 2.6
- sugars (g) 0.4 2.6
Dietary Fibre (g) 0.2 1.1
Sodium (mg) 8 56
Vitamin C (mg) 3.6 24
Iron (mg) 0.3 1.8
Folate (µg) 3.5 23
Potassium (mg) 35 230
Vitamin B6 (mg) 0.02 0.1

Source: The Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables, 8th Edition, Plant & Food Research

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