Harvesting Radish Seeds - How to Save Seeds for Seed Pods
Radish seeds have been used for cooking for centuries. The seeds are used to make a popular curry in India. These days you can find radish juice and ground radish seeds available in most supermarkets and health food stores. There are different ways to cook with radish seeds.
When it comes to cooking, there are two basic ways to use radish seeds: with or without juice. Radish juice is prepared by taking out the seeds and rubbing them into any dish with a bit of water or oil. Then you add in different varieties of fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs, or vinegar to taste. Radish juice is best when it is prepared at home; this way you can include all of your favorite varieties.
The second way to cook with radish seeds is by grating them. Grating the seeds and the roots creates a pulp which you mix with a small amount of water or vegetable stock (be sure to add enough to wet the seeds and roots but not so much that they become mushy). When you mix this with your liquid, you can decide what you want to do with the pulp - you can use it in a delicious salad, grind it up for snacks, or make a delicious drink using it in the microwave. You can even put the seeds in with your dinner so that you have a serving of radish soup during the middle part of the evening.
You might wonder if the flavor of radishes has any side effects, but thankfully there are no reported problems with consuming radish seeds or their juice. Radish juice and its juice derivatives are safe to eat, though you may want to avoid consuming the seeds directly after eating meat or fish. If you find that your body has an issue with magnesium or calcium, you might want to check with your doctor before adding radish seeds to your diet, as these minerals can cause a negative reaction in some people.
If you plan to harvest radish seeds and use them in your recipes, you will need to choose which variety you want to grind first. All radish seeds come in two distinct varieties: wet-roasted and dry-roasted. The dry-roasted variety is more popular because it has a stronger flavor. This is also the type you will usually find on the market. Wet-roasted radish seeds come from the seed pod, while the dry-roasted varieties are harvested from the stem of the plant.
For anyone interested in harvesting their own radish seeds, you will find two methods that are simple and inexpensive. First, you can buy a single cup at a supermarket or health food store. To Harvest Your Own Radish Seeds:
You will need a single cup or large handful to make your own pot of seeds. Add the dry seeds to a large measuring cup filled with water. Gently place the entire cup into a paper bag or plastic bag. You should notice that the paper bag will begin to absorb moisture as the seeds soak up water. It is recommended that you do not reuse the paper bag once you have harvested your radish seeds.
After you have gathered your wet-roasted and dry-roasted seeds, it is time to start harvesting. Use a chaff rake to gently separate the chaff from the seed pods. You will find the chaff to be a bit slimy. Once you have separated the chaff from the pods, they will need to be soaked and placed into a sealed air-tight container. Once you have done so, the pods will need to sit for one to two days, depending on the size of your pot.