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, have a vibrant green color, and are our fastest growing microgreens, giving you more instant gratification! Oh, and our Spicy Daikon Radish Seed Quilts are made with organic seeds too! WIN, WIN!! 😃👍

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). When cooked, they are slightly milder and sweeter, similar to cooked turnips. Follow along with my Radish Diary to be sure you’re on track with your own Seed Quilt at home! :)

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Day 1- Planting your Radish Seed Quilt

Whoo hoo! For setup, just follow the regular simple Hamama instructions like you always do! Here is an electronic link if you need a refresher: https://www.hamama.com/pages/how-to-grow 

 

Day 2- Nothing much to note just yet; Just anxiously awaiting the yumminess! I want to share that the house temp is near 71 degrees, there is window and ceiling lighting, no other plants or fruit baskets nearby, and the heat is on in the house as it is freezing right now in Wisconsin (so I will be sure to check the water level periodically because I’ve seen that dry air can make it evaporate much faster than normal)! 

 

Day 3- The cover starts puffing!

Seeds are germinating nicely. As you can see, the Seed Quilt has started to “puff up” a bit and you can see the cute little green microgreens! Right on track!

 

Day 4- The PEEL Day!! I love this part :) 

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 it is the fastest growing microgreen variety we offer! Other varieties tend to take 5-6 days for peel day. The color is yellowish-green and some seeds have yet to germinate. No worries - They will green up fast after removing the top paper, allowing more light in!

I also want to take a second to show you the fuzzy/furry, white ROOT HAIRS! These are commonly mistaken for mold due to their similar appearance. Don’t be put off or alarmed by these. Root hairs are completely healthy and normal! I think they are quite cute actually. 😊 

Unlike mold, these white fuzzy root hairs are very fine and straight - not spindly and cobweb-like in the way mold is.  If you look closely, you will be able to tell they are root hairs because each tiny root is coming straight off the main root shoot!  

 

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 the house has been depleting the water level as mentioned above. This is really only necessary in the winter or if you live in a desert area with especially dry air. 

 

Day 6- Okay, LOOK at these vibrant green beauts!! 

The greens are now measuring just shy of 4 inches & 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- A.K.A the best day EVER!!

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!

 

Storing your Daikon Radish Microgreens: 

These can be harvested at around 3 inches, but I find by day 6 or 7 they are pretty consistently around 4 inches! They can be harvested by cutting or even pulling up, & stored in a ziplock bag (or the Stasher bag) in the fridge for a week or so! If you prefer to munch on them while they are in the tray, the mature greens can remain there for a few extra days, but please periodically check that they have enough water to drink! Otherwise, they will wilt over. 

 

How to eat your Daikon Radish Microgreens: 

My personal favorite uses for the Daikon Radish microgreens are for adding a zesty zip to cauliflower crust pizza (see below), every kind of taco, guacamole, thai chicken soup, and salads!  

This cauliflower crust is store-bought. For the pizza pictured above, I added organic, low sugar BBQ sauce, fresh garlic, red and green onions, diced cooked chicken, fresh jalapeno slices, carrot shreds and a small sprinkle of parmesan and mozzarella cheese. After baking, I loaded it up with Hamama microgreens, cilantro, and more green onion. I have also made a version with olive oil, fresh garlic, pizza sauce, a drizzle of pesto, sliced cooked chicken sausage, broccoli, red onion, mushroom, zucchini, bell pepper, sliced cherry tomatoes, and a small sprinkle of parmesan and mozzarella cheese! After cooking the pizza, I add Hamama microgreens, fresh arugula, and giardiniera! 

Check out all of these other awesome recipes that incorporate these distinctive Radish Microgreens: https://www.hamama.com/search?type=article&q=radish

 

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 sneak tastes as well...He was a bit surprised (and mad😂) when he tasted the slightly potent radish greens! I shared my more mild broccoli greens with him afterwards...and possibly a cookie- it took a minute for me to gain his trust back though ;) 



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