Radishes are available all year round.
Storage and Handling
Remove leafy tops and store in the refrigerator. Handle all fresh produce with care and wash before eating.
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.
- 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
- 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
Radish is a good source of folate and a source of vitamin C.
You will find the full Nutrition Information Panel on the New Zealand Food Composition Data website. This website is owned jointly by Plant & Food Research and the Manatū Hauora Ministry of Health. This website holds the most comprehensive collection of high-quality nutrient data for New Zealand foods. The Database is managed and maintained by dedicated Plant & Food Research staff.