Do Radishes Go Bad?

Radishes most often come in bunches, and unless you eat a ton of radishes, going through a bunch takes some time.

And when they sit in the fridge for a week already, questions like when do radishes go bad, or how long do radishes last, start to pop up.

In this article, we cover storage, shelf life, and spoilage of radishes. It should answer all of your questions, and then some.

Interested? Let’s get going.

Bunch of radishes in hand

How To Store Radishes

For starters, when you bring the radishes home, cut off the greens if they were attached.

Warning

Leaving the leaves intact causes gradual loss of nutrients and moisture, and we don’t want that (MSU).

In case you were wondering, you do the same for other veggies that come with greens, like carrots.

Speaking of radish greens, they are edible (MSU). If you want to use them, store them separately in an airtight container or freezer bag in the fridge.

Almost all varieties of radishes, including the most popular red globe one we all know, benefit from being stored in a plastic bag or container. Such a bag helps retain moisture for longer.

Tip

Black radishes are an exception, as they last much longer when dry (MSU). For them, a perforated plastic bag is the best option.

When it comes to where the radishes should be stored, the fridge is the way to go.

Grated radishes
Grated radishes
Tip

If you find your radishes too biting, peel them. They get most of their pungency from the skin (MSU). That’s why most people peel black radishes but don’t peel red globe ones.

If you tend to keep radishes for too long because you can’t be bothered with adding them to your (or your kids’) lunch or a green salad, you can change that.

My wife and I had the same issue, and we fixed it by preparing the radishes in advance, so we can grab them whenever needed without hassle. Here’s how we do it:

  1. Trim off the greens and wash the radishes. Washing and scrubbing beforehand means we don’t have to do it when we need them.
  2. Dry the veggies thoroughly. We simply leave them on a kitchen towel for about 30 minutes, and them pat them dry.
  3. Transfer radishes into an airtight container. You can use freezer bags or glass jars if you like. Consider adding a paper towel inside, as moisture will build up gradually in the container.

This way, whenever we need a radish, we grab one from the container, cut off the tip, and we’re good to go.

How Long Do Radishes Last

Radish greens last around two to three days in the fridge (MSU). If you want to keep them longer, feel free to experiment with storing them in wet paper towels.

When it comes to the most popular types of radishes, including the red globe, they keep up for up to two weeks in the fridge if you follow the storage guidelines above (MSU). Black radishes last much longer (MSU).

Fridge
Radish greens2 – 3 days
Radishes2 weeks
Black radishes1+ month

As usual, please note that the periods above are only estimates.

Two bunches of radishes

How To Tell If Radishes Are Bad?

When checking if your radishes are spoiled, look for the following:

  • Soft or soggy texture. A fresh radish is firm to the touch. If it has lost that firmness, it’s old. Of course, if it’s only slightly softer than usual, you can still use it, but don’t expect the crunch fresh radishes give.
  • Visual signs of decay. Mold, rot or anything similar means the veggie is done for. If there’s only a small black dot or two, cut those off.
  • Off or funny smell. Radishes have a very subtle aroma, so if yours suddenly have a strong smell, discard them.
Radishes without greens
Radishes without greens

Discard radish greens that:

  • are dry or withered
  • darkened or have black spots
  • smell off
Pile of radishes
Pile of radishes

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