Rambo radish is a variety of a traditional radish that’s somewhat different in appearance and in taste. It’s a microgreen with a slightly spicy flavor that’s added to salads or a part of the mix greens meals. It has a vibrant red stem and a deep green foliage.
They add crunch to the meal and are mostly bought by better farmer’s markets and restaurants since they are praised for the visual appeal and add variety and beauty to the meal.
Rambo Radish Trivia
- Radishes were paid as wages to workers in ancient Egypt.
- They are related to kale and broccoli.
- They have the largest foliage of all radishes
Rambo Radish Buying Guide
There are two ways to buy this plant. One is to get it already matured in a bundle and to use it right away as soon as you’ve bought it. That’s where you should look for the color of the foliage and to make sure it’s bright and without blemishes.
The second way to buy them is to get the seeds and to grow the Rambo Radish yourself. This can be done in a small but deep pan and they can be harvested using ordinary scissors.
Rambo Radish Production & Farming in Texas
Rambo Radish is a microgreen meaning that it’s grown using limited space and limited resource. It’s also a quick growing plant and it can be used as a great source of profit if you have a steady customer buying them. That’s how it’s grown in Texas for the most part.
Rambo Radish is grown in small trays that are deep enough to hold both it and the layer of soil. There’s almost no need for water since it’s grown in hydroponic fashion thus saving on both the water and the soil requirements.
You’ll need about 2 ounces of seeds per 1020 tray, and there is no need for pre-soaking. The germination should start in two days’ tops and after 5 to 12 days you should be able to harvest the vegetable. That can be done with any ordinary long and sharp knife.
Since these are mostly sold to restaurants and high end farmers market it’s best to establish a steady supply and demand chain that will be able to fulfill itself in this cycle of time and thus remain profitable. It can be grown indoors which means that it’s an all year round plant.
These radishes originate from Asia as most others and they are a staple of culture and cuisine there. This spicy herb is a big part local stews and soups. From there it has moved to India and later on to Europe and the US. At first it was mostly used amongst the Asian community.
Now with the popularization of food culture the Rambo radish has become more popular as well and now it’s a big part of some cuisines that have never used it until just a few years ago. This is especially true in the southern US where the food culture is moving towards healthier options.
Rambo Radishes are packed in three main ways. They are packed in bundles when they are sold in farmer’s markets and that’s where they are most expensive by the pound bought. They could also be packed in plastic bags which is how most grocery shops pack them.
They can also be packed in trays in which they were grown. This allows the customers to both harvest the radish on their own and to plant more.
Enjoying Rambo Radishes
Rambo radishes have a strong spicy flavor and they are mostly used as addition to salads in order to bring out the fresh taste of other ingredients. They are also commonly used in soups and stews in Asian cuisine. That’s the simplest way to enjoy them.
You can also use them as a subtitle vegetable for some of commonly used vegies used in western cuisine. They can replace other spicy foods or they can add a touch of spiciness to a recipe that otherwise didn’t have it.
It’s best to combine them with cucumbers and Brussel sprouts because the two would complement one another.
Rambo Radish is stored simply by harvesting it with a sharp knife and placing it in a plastic bag with no water in it. That bag can then be stored in a fridge and used for about a week later without the radish losing any of its flavor or colorful appearance.
It’s most commonly kept in a try in a kitchen and harvested just before it’s actually used.
All the recipes using Rambo radishes are made to use its spicy flavor and the colorful pallet it brings to the presentation of the dish. They are well used in salads but also stir fried since that’s the best way to combine their qualities with those of other ingredients.
They can also be used in tortillas and pastas with the same effect. Stir fried dishes especially the once that you want to make less bland are also a great way to utilize this microgreen.
Saves those RBCs: Radish is known to control damage to our red blood cells, and in the process also increases oxygen supply to the blood.
High on Fiber: If you eat it as part of your daily salad intake, without going overboard of course, radish also provides your system with ample roughage and fibers, therefore improving your digestion. It also regulates bile production, safeguards your liver and the gall bladder, and is great for taking care of water retention.
Guards the Heart: Radishes are a good source for anthocyanins that keep our hearts functioning properly, reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Plus they are high on vitamin C, folic acid, and flavonoids too.
Controls Blood Pressure: Radish also provides your body with potassium, which can help lower your blood pressure, and keep your blood flow in control, especially if you are known to suffer from hypertension. According to Ayurveda, radish is believed to have a cooling effect on the blood.
When Are Rambo Radishes in Season in Texas?
To find out when Rambo Radishes are in season in Texas, please check the seasonal chart below. Why is this important? We are rarely encouraged to think about the physical lengths our food travels before arriving on the market shelves. And all of this travel comes with a hefty environmental cost that is concealed from the consumer’s eye. One of the most salient benefits to eating seasonally is that you are effectively reducing your carbon footprint and supporting a more geographically sustainable food economy. Check other fruit and veg that’s in season in Texas now.