These beautiful, rose-colored sprouts are a must for those who like that radish bite! Radish sprouts are a very common ingredient in Chinese and Japanese cuisine where they are eaten raw, simmered in soup, and used in sushi. They are rich in many vitamins and minerals, too.
• Botanical Name: Raphanus sativus
• Days to Maturity: 4–6 days
• Family: Brassicaceae
• Native: Unknown
• Harvesting: Enjoy radish sprouts when they have small, green leaves, usually about 4 to 6 days after starting. Some sprouting seeds have hulls (the outer seed covering), which can loosen during soaking and rinsing. Although the hulls are edible, you may choose to remove them for better sprout flavor, or to reduce the chance of mold due to excess moisture. To separate the hulls, empty your sprouts into a large bowl and fill it with cool water. Move the sprouts around in the water disentangling the sprouts and loosening the hulls, which will float to the top. The hulls can then be skimmed or poured off. Remove any unsprouted seeds at this time, too. Rinse the sprouts once more and drain thoroughly so they are dry to the touch. (Excessive moisture reduces sprouts' storage life.) Your sprouts are then ready to eat or store.