Daikon Radish (Raphanus sativus)

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The Daikon Radish Microgreens is one of the quickest growing ones, making it ideal for beginners. With its crunchy texture and pleasantly spicy taste, it is a great addition to salads and sandwiches. 

What are Daikon Radish Microgreens?

The Daikon Radish Microgreens (Raphanus sativus var. longipinnatus) is a mild-flavored radish characterized in its adult form by its long white root. As a microgreen, it has a different appearance but the same peppery radish flavor.

Growing period8-12 days
FlavorMild spicy with a crunchy texture
Growing difficultyEasy

Description

The white radish originates from Asia. It has different names and is also known as Japanese and Chinese Radish. As microgreens, it is one of the quickest ones to grow. You can have a crop ready for harvest already after a week depending on the conditions they have grown. This is when they are considered to be at their best and after this, they get leafier and loses their crunchiness.

The fact that it grows to fast makes it an ideal seed to start with if you are new to this type of indoor farming.

General Nutrition & Benefits

They are low in calories and possess multiple benefits. They are also high in vitamins A, B, C, E, & K. Furthermore they also contain folic acid, calcium, magnesium, niacin, potassium, pantothenic acid, iron, phosphorus, and zinc, carotenes.

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How to grow Daikon Radish Microgreens

Daikon Radish Microgreens can be grown in both soil and hydroponically. 

Growing timeline (estimated)
PresoakNo
Preferred mediumCoco Coir, Soil or Hydroponic Mat
Avg. seed weight (10/20 tray)1-1.5 oz
Germination period (blackout)Day 1-4
Growth time (sunlight)Day 5-7
HarvestDay 8-12

You don’t need to soak the seeds before you plant them.

These microgreens are fast-growing and you can harvest them already after a week. To get the quick results you should put them out in the sun after around four days.

These microgreens will get the white root hairs, which are commonly mistaken for mold. These root hairs are normal and part of the growth process. Around day five you will find that your Daikon Radish Microgreens have grown 2 inches tall. Hold on for a few more days and they are ready to be harvested. They can be harvested at around 3 inches but you can wait until they have reached 4 inches. 

Culinary Guiding

Daikon Radish microgreens can be served raw or cooked. They an excellent taste to salads as it has a somewhat sweet but spicy flavor or why not sprinkle it over a pizza. When they are cooked the give a slightly milder taste, similar to turnips.

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