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The Radical Radish
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One of the first spring vegetables we harvested from our garden as children were radishes. This cold weather root vegetable with a bite is one of the earliest crops to enjoy long before the heat of summer. They are in season from April through June and again from October to December.

Perhaps it’s because they can sprout from a seed into a small plant in only three days that they were given the Greek name Raphanus, which means “quickly appearing.” The Latin word for root is “radix” from which we get the name we use today.

Many radishes are round and red with a white inside, but some are white on the outside and some are cylindrical and grow up to six inches long. These are often used in cooking while the smaller red ones are sliced and eaten raw in salads. The Cherry Belle is the bright red-skinned variety most common in North America. The longer they are left in the ground, the more bitter they become, so it’s smart to pick them fresh.

Radishes Nutritional Value

Radishes have nutritional value and are a good source of vitamin B6, riboflavin, magnesium, copper, and calcium. They are also filled with ascorbic acid, folic acid, and potassium. They are very low in calories. Most people eat the root of the radish, but you can eat the young tender leaves as a salad as well as the sprouts when they first germinate.

Can you imagine having a festival to celebrate the radish? That’s what citizens of Oaxaca, Mexico do every Christmas. They call the event Noche de los Rabanos (Night of the Radishes) and will carve religious symbols and figures out of radishes and then put them on display in the town square.

The simple radish reminds me of the power in the Scriptures. Some mornings, when the sun is not shining and the rain tries to dampen my spirits, I still plunge into reading my Bible. When I hide God’s Word in my heart, a miracle takes place. No matter what the weather is like, the power of truth germinates in my mind. How joyful to be rooted in Christ.

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