Updated: Apr 20, 2021
Add some spice to your life with radish microgreens, add them to your salads, soups, sandwiches, and many other dishes. Eat them in a delicious hummus sandwich(this is my favorite way).
Microgreens have more concentrated nutrient content than mature plants. In most cases, the microgreen antioxidant levels, vitamins, and minerals are higher than the adult plants. There are some vegetables where that is not the case. Overall, eating microgreens will help you incorporate nutrition into your daily menu. Radish microgreens are very nutritious and delicious! Radish microgreens are chock-full of vitamins and minerals. They contain vitamins A, B, C, E, and K. With minerals including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. They also contain chlorophyll which is what gives them the look of green. This microgreen is an excellent choice for you to slip into your daily menu.
If you are going to try growing microgreens, radish is a great place to start. They are the fastest and easiest to grow. You can harvest radish in eight to nine days! So when you add the growth and the nutrition of radish, they are the perfect place to start.
What are Microgreens?
Microgreens are the youth plants harvested before they have become mature adult plants. Microgreens are the baby of the well-known common plants you would have in your garden or buy in the grocery store. For example, if you buy kale at the grocery store, you will be buying a bunch of kale leaves from a mature kale plant. Kale microgreens are the same plant only grown to the size of one to three inches tall and then harvested at that time. They can be harvested in eight to fourteen days, depending on the variety. There is a wide range of flavors with microgreens. They can very intense flavored compared to the adults.
Microgreens are grown away from a light source to get lengthy quickly before introducing them into the light. After you see the first true leaves, they are ready to be harvested. The first leaves that you will see are called cotyledons. The first true leaves are the second set of leaves that appear. When you notice these leaves, your microgreens are ready to be harvested and eaten.
How to Grow Radish Microgreens
First, I'll add the growing medium into the microgreen tray, which is coco coir for me. I add very little to the tray, about a quarter-inch of coco coir. It's best to moisten the medium before adding it to the tray. Once you have added your moistened medium to the tray, press the medium down nice and firm and evenly, then add your radish seeds to the tray. Spread the seeds as evenly as possible reasonably densely. Once you have added your seeds, spray the top of the tray with food-grade hydrogen peroxide and water your seeds. After that, you should cover with something to keep your seeds in the dark, or placing them into a dark room will work well also. Continue to water daily on the tray's top until you can see the roots through the soil on the bottom of the tray. Once the roots started shooting out of the soil, I started to bottom water. Radish is a fast-growing microgreen. It won't take long to start bottom watering. Watering on top too long into the process can destroy your whole tray because of the planting density, mold may take over your tray. There is not enough airflow to allow the microgreens to dry out on the top so it stays moist and makes a perfect environment for mold to grow. Once your radish has reached the height, you like then place them into your light source. Continue checking daily and bottom water as necessary. You'll want to harvest them when you see the first true leaves. When a plant sprouts, the first two leaves are called cotyledons. The following leaves that come are called the true leaves. I harvest when I see the first true leaves start showing. Use a very sharp knife and cut them as close to the soil line as possible. After harvesting then rinse and enjoy the radish microgreens that you have grown!