Rambo radish microgreens are visually stunning and have a snappy radish flavor with a bite.
The red or purple color and distinct radish flavor make these microgreens ideal to boost the presentation and taste of salads, sandwiches, and even in soups.
Rambo radish microgreens can also be added to spring rolls, on top of burgers, and wraps.
We use radish microgreens mostly on burgers and nacho toppings.
Rambo Radish Microgreens
Radishes are one of the easiest microgreens to grow. Rambo Radishes are no different. In fact, they need to be watched almost every day because they grow so fast.
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Let's digress a bit. Rambo radishes go by several names. When buying seed, you'll most commonly see plain old Rambo radish seed. But you'll also see them listed as Red Rambo and Purple Rambo radish seed.
We prefer Purple Rambo, but maroon is closer to the actual color.
Rambo radishes are a daikon radish variety. Mature daikons are bigger and longer, more like carrots than the smaller round or oval radishes we are used to seeing in the store.
We didn't plant any Rambo radish in the garden this year. But we will next season along with another stunning red-stemmed daikon radish called SaiSai.
We will add photos after we harvest them.
How to Grow Purple Rambo Radish Microgreens
Growing Rambo radish microgreens isn't different than other radish varieties. Except for the amount of seed sown.
The amount of seed that we recommend varies slightly among the radish varieties. The reasons for this are the size of the seeds, germination rates, and the size of the cotyledon.
Crowding radishes in a tray can cause disease issues.
Radish seeds are quite large. They are also darker brown in color than other radish seeds.
Because the seeds are large and easy to move around after spreading them on the soil, radishes are an ideal microgreen for beginners.
We have also found that the daikon radishes have a lower initial germination rate. Some of the seeds sprout a day or two after the first burst of germination.
Seeding Rate for Rambo Radish Microgreens
We seed our Home Microgreens trays with 5.2-grams of seed. That's around 0.13-grams per square inch of planting surface.
An Easier Way
A much easier way to find out how much seed you need for your tray size is to use our seeding calculator. We have many varieties programmed into the calculator. With larger tray sizes (>100 sq-inches), it's best to use the calculation as a starting point and experiment.
But for smaller tray sizes, it works great!
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Planting Rambo Radish Microgreens
We plant Rambo radishes no different than other varieties except for the seed weight. To see how we plant radishes, check out this article on Growing Radish Microgreens.
Like all radishes, use quite a bit of weight during the blackout period. We use 5-pounds on our small trays. On full 1020 trays, we use between 10- and 15-pounds.
Don't worry, radish microgreens are strong. They will lift that weight up off the tray surface and at times, tilt it to the side for far that the weight falls.
Below are some of the growth stages of Rambo Microgreens.
Note: Some of the images below are of the beta Home Microgreens Trays (opaque trays & red lids). The black trays and opaque lids are the new Home Microgreens Trays. Both are similar-sized, but the later use much less soil and are therefore more economical.
You will see that they grow quickly. Click on any image to enlarge it.
Above is a planted tray so you can see the seeding density.
The tray is then placed in a blackout period where the seeds are covered with a plastic lid and a five-pound weight is placed on top. The weight causes better contact between the seed and soil. The weight also forces the plants to root deeper.
A tea towel is placed over the tray to exclude light as shown below.
After 48-hours, we check on the germination and to see if everything is ok.
Usually, we do not take the lid off the tray to not upset any plants. However, for demonstration purposes, we did.
You can see most of the seeds have sprouted.
The white fibers are root hairs, not a fungus. This is the most often asked question we get from customers.
We will do a post on that topic soon.
At this point, we would place this tray back into a blackout and let those roots find their way into the soil
But Not For Long
This image is taken one day after the last, day 3.
The radish seedlings are so strong that they are ready to stand up straight even with five-pound weight on them. That's right, the weight and lid were only just removed before being photographed.
The root hairs have disappeared. We aren't sure if they are absorbed once the main root anchors into the soil or pushed down into the soil. If anyone knows, leave a comment below.
At this point, the tray comes out of the blackout period and goes under an LED light.
Also, now is the time to bottom water the tray.
We don't recommend top watering radishes. They always seem to transpire water more than any other microgreen. Even without top watering, the leaves and stems are often wet in the middle of the tray.
The Few Green Leaves Are Normal
Here's the tray five days from planting and two days under lights.
The green radish leaves you see are typical. In fact, we can't remember a tray that didn't have some green leaf radishes within it.
Another characteristic of Rambo microgreens is they grow uneven. They're never the neatest looking tray of microgreens, though their color makes up for it.
They have a stunning maroon color from the stems up. The few green leaves make the maroon color even darker.
Here's a closer look.
One More Day - Day 6 - Harvestable
In less than a week, Rambo radish microgreens can go from seeds to harvestable microgreens.
If radishes have any problems as microgreens, it's that they grow too fast. By that, we mean they have no shelf life in the tray.
One to two days, that's it.
The tray is two-inches tall, so the microgreens are pushing 5- to 6-inches. You can see some of the plants on the right side are starting to lean over.
That is another typical trait with Rambo radish microgreens, they tend to fall over as they get larger.
The leaf area on these microgreens is large, and the weight causes them to lean when they aren't supported.
They have to be harvested, or they start to look like the tray below.
There's nothing wrong with the radishes, only that it becomes harder to harvest them. They also have a tendency to fall into the tray of microgreens next to them on the shelf and get tangled.
It's better to harvest them a bit younger.
Never let radishes grow to the true leaf stage; they become tougher, hairy, and bitter.
But hey, you can have more within a week!
Harvesting, Storing, & Flavor
Harvesting radish microgreens is straight-forward. Tilt the tray slightly over a bowl or cutting board. Take a knife or a pair of scissors, and cut the stems 1/4- to 1/2-inch above the top of the soil.
The microgreens will fall onto the container, then gently pick them up and let a few fall out of your fingers. Like you were fluffing them up.
As shown in the harvesting Red Acre Cabbage below.
This will allow any soil material to fall to the container's bottom and not be in your microgreen pile.
Don't Wash Them At This Point!
Whatever you do, don't rinse or wash them now. It will significantly diminish the shelf life.
Place them in a zip-lock bag with a few knife holes in it and squeeze out the air - but don't crust the microgreens.
Place them in the crisper section of the refrigerator, and they will last over a week.
The flavor of all radish microgreens is that of a radish - go figure right - but Rambo radish microgreens have a snappy bite to us. Hate to say they're hot, more like spicy.
That spicy bite and dark maroon color set Rambo radish microgreens to the front of the line for us. Even though they are a bit pricier than other radish microgreens.
Rambo radish microgreens, like all radishes contain vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, and the following minerals, calcium iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc.
How to Use Rambo Radish Microgreens
We suggested a few ways in the first section of this article. But let us tell you how we use them.
Their main claim to fame is the color followed by their distinct flavor.
So we use them where they can be seen, such as hanging out the edges of a burger bun, or on a green salad. Especially if the salad base is boring green iceberg lettuce.
But our favorite use for Rambo radish microgreens is as a nacho topping! Its spicy flavor adds a distinct flavor profile next to the jalapeños. The color contrast between the maroon leaves and green guacamole and brighter red salsa brings the plate to life.
Rambo Radish Microgreen Seed
The Home Microgreen Store carries Rambo radish seed, along with other radish seeds.
Check them out below.