How To Store Radish Seeds
Radish seeds are used in a variety of culinary and medicinal applications. This legume has been widely used in the Middle East for years and is now grown in other countries as well. It's a hearty and nutritious alternative to spinach, chard or red beans. If you grow your own radish garden, you will reap the many health benefits of this legume. Radish seeds are high in potassium, fiber and protein.
Radish seeds form within thin, long-lasting pods on upright, short stems that reach up to 4 feet long. A single seed pod can produce hundreds of tiny seed pods in different stages of growth, so it does not take many radish seeds to yield a large harvest. Each pod is usually 1.5 to 2 inches in diameter with a rounded shape that usually tapers into a point. They may be black, white or green, and the seeds may also contain small black dots or brown specks.
Many people wonder how radish seeds can benefit their garden. Daikon seeds are most commonly used to season Chinese and Japanese vegetable dishes like ramen, stir fry and vegetables with mild flavors. The flavor of these Chinese and Japanese vegetables come from the vinegar and fish sauce they are flavored with. You don't need to use full strength vinegar for these dishes since the taste is so mild. Instead, you can make a simple sauce with just fruit, garlic, vinegar and a little sugar to impart a sweet but strong flavor.
The same principal applies to growing radishes indoors. The most popular way to flavor Chinese and Japanese dishes is with vinegar but that method must be balanced with sugar or water because the sugar might prevent the seeds from sprouting. Vinegar is also very expensive. That's one reason why growing radishes indoors using regular usage of radish seeds works well for many gardeners. You can flavor your greens with the grapefruit seed pod but the quality is not as strong as the vinegar seed variety.
The process of germination requires about six weeks from planting. The seeds should be placed about six inches away from the plants roots. After they sprout, they should be kept in an enclosed place where the temperature and light are controlled. After they grow to about two to four inches they should be planted out in the garden and not directly in your house.
Keep in mind that all seed packets are not the same and not all varieties will germinate at the same rate. Some varieties may require less heat while others may need more. Keep track of how long it takes each variety to grow to an inch. Then multiply that number by the number of varieties you have in your garden. That should give you the amount of time it takes each variety to grow to an inch deep.
Although there are many types of Radish seeds, the two most popular varieties are the red and black pods. The black ones have a stronger flavored pulp while the red ones have a sweeter flavor. The seeds from the red variety are the best for juicing while the black pod has the most nutrients when it is used in a salad. You can use the black pod with fresh salads or cooked greens. You can also use the red pod for making gourmet vegetable juice like a baby carrot or celery juice.
There are two ways to preserve your Radish seeds so they can be used next year. The easiest way to store the dry pods is in the freezer. Simply freeze them until they're hardened and then place them in a sealed container. If you don't have freezer space then you can buy bags of either the white or red seeds and just put them in a bag, seal the bags and put them into your freezer. Now you can take the seeds out and use them whenever you like.