Growing radishes in the ancient world first occurred in China about 6,000 years ago. Spice trade routes saw the peoples of the Middle East growing radishes three thousand years later. The Romans expanded growing radishes throughout the Roman empire where it really took hold in Europe in the 16th century.
Growing radishes food was one use for this small little vegetable; the other was more medicinal where radishes were said to cure everything from rheumatism to the simple cough. Middle age practitioners of the medical arts would use radish juice for chronic bronchitis, diarrhea, headaches and insomnia as well.
Growing radishes can be very good for you too. Radishes are a great source of fiber, vitamins and minerals including Vitamin C for building the immune system and warding off colds and flus, potassium and magnesium for regulating body fluids and blood pressure, folic acid which helps repair damaged DNA from free radicals and Vitamin B6 that helps in the manufacturing of amino acids.
Radishes are also an anti-inflammatory. These anti-inflammatory properties help your body control inflammation, which has been proven to be a precursor to most allergies and illnesses.
Growing radishes in soil is pretty straightforward; easy and fun. Gardeners should plant radish seeds rather than young radish transplants because radish plants grow fast. Simply broadcast your radish seeds evenly across the surface of the soil about 2 inches apart, then cover them with one inch of soil and water. In about 4 or 5 days, your radish sprouts will appear and be ready for harvest in just 2 or 3 weeks.
Today there are many types of radishes you can grow including Spanish Black radishes, Cherry Belle radishes, the ever-popular French Breakfast radishes, Japanese Daikon radishes and unusual Watermelon radishes.