Diary of a Spicy Daikon Radish Microgreen!

January 15, 2020

Diary of a Spicy Daikon Radish Microgreen!

Enjoy a little spice in your meals? Our Spicy Daikon Radish Microgreens are a must try!! They have a great kick, grow up big & lush & are our mightiest & fastest growing microgreen variety! Oh, and our Spicy Daikon Radish Seed Quilts are made with organic seeds too! WIN, WIN!! 😃👍

These radish microgreens will be ready to peel in about 4-5 days from their initial soak and are typically ready to harvest in just 7 days! Your radish greens will be about 3-4.5 inches tall when they reach maturity. 

Daikon Radish is typically a bit spicier than the more common red radish root and in their microgreen form they taste super peppery, zesty, and spicy (very similar to the full grown vegetable). 

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Day 1 - Dunking Time!

For setup, just follow the regular simple Hamama instructions like you always do! Here is an electronic version of our instructions if you need a quick refresher.

The initial soak is always the most important step in the process as it provides the seeds in your quilt with the water to jumpstart the germination process. You want to first add water (filtered is best) to the fill line which is about 3 cups of water. Then you want to add the quilt! To ensure that it is adequately soaked, be sure to hold it down long enough for the quilt to turn a shade darker (10-30 seconds). A good trick is to flick the seed quilt! If the seeds roll around in their pods, that is a good sign it is too dry and could soak for just a touch longer. After the soak, you want to be sure that the quilt is properly propped on the tray's bottom ribs so that neither side of the quilt is dipping into the water. You also want to be sure the seed pockets are not underwater after the dunk! Here are some extra watering tips

 

 

Day 2 - Nothin’ new to see quite yet..

You won’t see much action on day 2 but there are a few things to note:

-The water level may have gone down significantly from day 1. That’s totally normal! Our Seed Quilts and trays are designed to provide the seeds with enough water to last them from day one until harvest day. No need to add additional water at this point!

-Another thing to note is the environment - Keeping your tray anywhere between 60-80 F is best. The warmer they are in that range, the faster they will grow on time with predictable health. Cooler temps can stunt the growth and it'll take a little longer for the seeds to germinate. Remember our rule of thumb: if it’s comfy for you, it’ll be comfortable for your little plant babies!

Curious what that top layer is for?  It's important to have a weighted black-out period for the first few days of growing microgreens. The weighted black-out period (seeds held down + darkness) encourages the seeds to send their roots downward, as opposed to growing outward and sending out root hairs to grab moisture from the air.

Day 3 - Ballooning! 

As you can see, the Seed Quilt has started to “puff up” a bit and you can see the cute little germinated seeds - Right on track! 

 

 

Day 4 - The Peel is Real

The top paper is now perfectly puffed! At this point, I remove the paper top so that the greens can get the airflow and light they need to continue growing up strong! This typically happens on day 4 for Radish, as noted on it's unique card label. The color is yellowish-green and some seeds have yet to germinate. No worries - They will green up fast now that they can absorb light!

There are actually two ways to peel depending on how your greens grow! In this case, our radish greens did not break through the paper, so I was able to remove the top paper in one swift peel. Ohhhh so satisfying :)

 

The Grand Reveal!! :D 

 

Day 5:  Growing like crazy!

These radish greens are now measuring at about 2 inches tall above the Seed Quilt! I carefully added a touch more water (about 1 cup) at this point because the dry heat in my house has been depleting the water faster than normal. This is really only necessary in the winter or if you live in a desert area with especially dry air. 

Let's take a look at these fuzzy/furry, white ROOT HAIRS! These are commonly mistaken for mold due to their similar appearance, but they are totally safe & healthy (and way cuter than mold 😉). 

Root hairs are bright white and always appear to congregate around the root itself. They help the greens grow by giving them nutrients and absorbing water! Read more about root hairs here!   

 

 

Day 6- Showing off...

The greens are now measuring just shy of 4 inches & they are super lush. Notice that most of the few seeds that hadn’t germinated at day 4 now have. These can totally be eaten or harvested at this point. I will sneakily munch on a few but will wait another day for good measure.

 

Day 7- Harvest Day is here!

These babies got over 4 inches tall and are a beautiful rich green color. They are lush, juicy, and leafy! I clearly can’t contain my love for Daikon Radish microgreens! I know you aren't supposed to pick a favorite child but... 😉 


 

🌱 Storing your Daikon Radish Microgreens 

Your radish greens can be harvested by cutting at the base & storing them in a glass Tupperware or Stasher Bag in the fridge. They will last for about 10 days that way! If you prefer to munch on your greens while they are in the tray, the mature greens can remain there for a few extra days, but you must periodically check that they have enough water to drink! Otherwise, they may prematurely wilt over from thirst. The greens can also become slightly bitter and more fibrous the longer you leave them in the tray after maturing. 

Make harvesting & storing your homegrown greens a breeze! The Hamama Harvesting Kit includes a reusable Stasher Bag®, cute branded harvesting scissors, and natural fiber bamboo scrub brush for cleaning your grow tray!

Do you need to rinse your microgreens before use? When the microgreens are ready to harvest you don't need to rinse them, but you can if you want. Whatever you feel comfortable with! Since there’s no soil, they’re already super clean. Most folks rinse if they have pets who may have been snooping around in them :D  

*For longer storage, don’t rinse the harvested microgreens before storing. Instead, rinse just before eating, if desired!

What's next? After harvesting your greens, you can compost or re-purpose the used coconut mat! Learn how to Upcycle your Coconut Mats here

Then, you can give your grow tray a quick wash & plant your next Seed Quilt! Learn how to wash your grow tray here

🌱 How to Eat your Daikon Radish Microgreens: 

My personal favorite uses for the Daikon Radish microgreens are for adding a nice bite to pizzas, salads, sandwiches, Mexican cuisines (think tacos & guacamole), and Asian Cuisines (think pad thai, spring rolls, & curry). 

Check out all of these other rad radish recipes!

 

Caveats: 

This may not be the best microgreen flavor to share with little kiddos - My 4 year old nephew loves watching my Hamama microgreens grow & likes to eat them as well...He was a bit surprised (and mad😂) when he sneaked a taste the slightly potent radish greens! I made a cookie peace offering after- it took a minute for me to gain his trust back though lol! If your kids like mature radish or spicier foods, definitely have them try these out! 

 

 

Check out how Hamama Growers are using our Spicy Daikon Radish Microgreens

Hope you love our Spicy Daikon Radish Microgreens as much as I do! 
Let us know what you think in the comments below! 
💚 Allie & the rest of your Hamama Team

 

 



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