Radish | Turp
Radish is believed to have originated in Northern China. Although there is no clear evidence to the origin of the first cultivation, it is believed that the root vegetable was first domesticated in pre-Roman Europe. Archeological records indicate that radishes were eaten in ancient Egypt as early as 2700 BC. Additionally, some say that the ancient Egyptian labors who built the pyramids were paid in onions, garlic and radishes. The Greek historian Herodotus (484 – 425 BC) is said to have seen an inscription of a radish on an Egyptian pyramid. The first written record of the radish dates back to the 3rd century BC.
Although radish is grown throughout Turkey, the Central and Southern Anatolian regions are well known for the cultivation.
In Turkey, radish is typically consumed in salads. Radish salad with tahini is a regional specialty.
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