EN on Foods
April 2010 Issue
Radishes, Spring’s Favorite Vegetable
Radishes were first grown thousands of years ago in ancient China, Egypt and Greece. This spicy, colorful vegetable soon conquered the world, becoming beloved in many cultures—from Japan to France. Radishes were so highly regarded in ancient Greece that gold replicas were made of them. The Greek name for the radish genus, Raphanus, means "quickly appearing," which perfectly describes their reputation for being the first vegetable to sprout in a spring garden. Radishes were used in traditional Asian medicine for ailments such as whooping cough, cancer, gastric problems, constipation, arthritis and parasites.
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