When you think about radishes, probably one or two different types come to mind. They are often used in garnishes or salads to add a bit of extra colour and crunch. But when asked to name specific types of radishes, unless you are a farmer or a chef, most people will likely not have an answer.
There are, in fact, hundreds of different types of radishes. They came in a wide variety of sizes, colours, shapes, textures, and flavours. They can be spicy or mild, round or oblong, big or small, with a large variety of colours ranging from reddish-purple to pink, black, white, and even green.
They are highly adaptable and grow in most non-tropical climates. They are also one of the fastest growing and durable vegetables.
They are very popular among home gardeners due to fact that they are easy to grow and harvest, they grow quickly and are naturally resistant to insects.
Some of the most common types of radishes are: White Icicle, Sparkler, Cherry Belle, White Beauty, French Breakfast, Early Scarlet Gold, Daikon Long White, and Fire and Ice.
Some of the more unique types include: Sakurajima Mammoth, Green Meat, Easter Egg, Watermelon, Black Spanish, White Globe Hailstone and Chinese Green Luobo.
How many of these have you heard of? Which is your go-to radish to use?
Radishes are full of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. They are high on fibre, helping with digestion. They are also a good source of anthocyanins which helps maintain a healthy heart. They are rich in potassium and water, to help with blood pressure and keep us hydrated. Radishes can work in just about every aspect of your body and health, so it is important to include them in your diet.
Because of their ease of growth and abundance, radishes can sometimes be overlooked. But they bring many great health benefits and so it is worth trying as many types as you can and choosing your favourite.
M&P is a leading specialist in the design and manufacture of food processing equipment. Our Radish Top & Tailer is tailored for optimum efficiency and reliability.
This innovative piece of equipment tops and tails the radish, at a rate of up to 100 per minute. The top and tail knives of the machine float to adjust position to the size of the radish, reducing waste and allowing operation on a wide range of radish sizes and shapes.
Because of its manual adjustment of the top and tail knives, no change of parts is required.
Benefits of M&P’s Radish Top & Tailer include: Separate discharge points for top & tailed radishes and waste; low labour requirement; easy to maintain and clean; simplicity of design and easy access for cleaning ensures minimum downtime.