Thursday, January 21, 2010

Crimson Giant Radish

Crimson Giant Radish seeds grow large 1½ - 2" globe shaped crimson radishes that don't become hollow or pithy with its extra size. The white flesh is crisp, firm and mild. You will be harvesting 29 days after seeding.

How to grow
Sow seeds as soon as the ground is workable. Plant every 2 weeks to keep a continuous supply until the weather becomes too hot. Sow Crimson Giant Radish Seeds ¼" deep and cover lightly spacing seeds 1 inch apart. Keep moist until seedlings are established. Once Crimson Giant radish seedlings are established thin to 4" apart. Germination takes 5-7 days. Keep soil moderately moist during germination. Radishes grow best during the cooler parts of the growing season. Don't plant radish's where you planted them or cabbage the year prior as they may fall victim to root eating insects.

Nutrition value
A very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Folate and Potassium.

Health benefit
Radishes are moderately high in Vitamin C and contain properties that appear to be beneficial for symptoms of colds, flu, fever, cough, respiratory problems, and digestive disorders. For digestive problems, put a handful of radish leaves in boiling water, cover, and let sit for about 20 minutes. Strain, add honey to taste and drink as a tea. For colds, flu, and the associated symptoms, grate one radish and mix with honey to taste. Let this mixture stand for 10 hours in a dark place. Take 2 teaspoons three times a day as a cough syrup.