Red radishes, or simply radishes, are one of the fastest growing vegetables, which every gardener would surely love to raise. These are also convenient to store because they can last for a week or more. The question we need to answer is how to store radishes properly to ensure their crispness.
When to Harvest Radishes?
It’s always necessary to look at the fruit of every plant to know whether it is ready to pick or wait a little longer. Regardless of the variety, the color of the top of the radishes has to be bright, usually green, and not wilted. Check the roots as well if they are bright and contain no cracks. It helps confirm they’re good enough to harvest if you squeeze and the center shouldn’t be soft.
How to Store Radishes?
The ground itself is a great place to store radishes, but in a case of avoiding pests and insects, this may become a compromised location. Regardless, it’s a practical way concerning how to store radishes.
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2. Damp Area
A good alternative is any area with slight damp condition. It is simply placing the vegetable in water.
The safest and most popular way concerning how to store radishes is through the fridge. Simply place the radishes in a plastic or Ziploc bag with a few holes. It can last for 7 days.
The reasons why this vegetable must be kept either in the ground or damp condition is because it easily dehydrates. With leaves still in tact, this root vegetable can become wilted after a day or two. If pulled outside the plant, it is recommended that you cut off the fruit from its leaves and soak in water.
4. Mini Root Cellar
The traditional method on how to store radishes is the use of a root cellar. It’s a spacious area below ground where root vegetables are securely placed. But home owners do not have to dig up a big hole in their background. A rather more conventional replacement is to use a small wooden box with straws or hays and place in a few inches deep soil. Make sure to cover properly to avoid dirt getting inside the box.
What to do After Harvesting?
Before storing, separate the radishes from the roots and trim the stems and leaves. Do not completely remove the leaves, but keep in mind that this part can cause the fruit to dry out much faster. Like what’s mentioned, soak in water, preferably cold one and place in a plastic bag or container with lid.
It is also a good option to thoroughly wash the radishes after picking from the ground. You have to remove any trace of dirt before storing.
Can you Freeze Radish Greens?
The leaves can be used for salad so don’t just remove all the leaves when harvesting and storing radishes. These greens can be frozen but must be preparedly correctly. First off is to clean and blanch in boiling water and then cool down in cold water. Dry by patting and place them into plastic bags before putting into the freezer.
More Storing Tips to Other Varieties of Radishes
1. Black Radishes
Place in a plastic bag and store in the fridge, which can last up to 2 months.
Use the crisper in the refrigerator to store beets. This should last for a week or two. Make sure that you remove the greens and store the leaves separately without washing to keep them fresh for another 3 to 5 days.
Wrap this vegetable in a slightly damp paper towel or cloth and then to a dry one before storing in the fridge. The maximum storing period is 3 weeks.
Keep turnips in a plastic bag and place in the crisper of the fridge. There’s no need to wash off. Expect 7 days up to 3 weeks before they become soggy and rot.
This vegetable is a little trickier to store as it is easily exposed to air. To prevent that, wrap in paper towel, keep in a plastic bag and place in the refrigerator’s crisper. This should remain good for a month.
Jicama, which is more common in Southeast Asian countries, is very easy to store. It lasts longer than most varieties of radishes. You may store it in a container or in a fridge for up to 3 weeks.