Radish

Raphanus raphanistrum ssp. sativus

Radish, Radys (Afr.), Watermelon Radish, Shinrimei Radish, Rooseheart, Red Meat, Waatlemoen Radys (Afr.)

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Radish is a quick and easy growing root vegetable with a bright red-purple color and good flavour. The crisp, sweet flesh does not get pithy, and is very hardy, growing in most gardens. The bright coloring makes a colorful addition to any dish! Radishes are edible globular roots attached to thin stems and wavy green leaves. The flesh is tender-crisp, succulent and firm. Its flavour is mild, only slightly peppery with some sweet notes. Eaten fresh or cooked, they pair well with fennel, apple, cheeses such as feta and chèvre, butter, creamy based dressings, vinaigrettes, bacon, white fish, cucumbers, mild salad greens, cooked eggs, noodles such as soba and udon, citrus, cilantro, mint and tarragon.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Fruiting time

Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring

Harvesting

Harvest 3-5 weeks after sowing. Pick radishes any time after the tuber has developed but they will be larger if left in the ground. The tuber should be visible through the soil or you can brush some of the soil from the radish top to check the tuber.

Propagation

Seed

Sow seeds in early spring to early summer, and again from late summer, 12-15 cm apart and 10-15 mm deep. Germination takes 4-10 days. continue sowing every second week to have continuous supply.

Special features

Crop rotation

Do not plant rootcrops or cabbage family in the same spot, alternate with legume family or light feeders like salads first.

Pot plant

They can be grown in pots in a light potting mix. Provide the wide pot at lease 10 deep.

Special features

Origin

Europe

Natural climate

Cool and moist

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Clay, Loam, Sand, Compost

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Medicinal

Vitamin C and other minerals.

Edible

The crunchy taproots are edible with a sweetly spicy flavour. They are great sliced or grated in salads and make beautiful garnishes.

Notes

Culinary

Personality

Family

Brassicaceae

Flower colour

White

Scent

None

Problems

This variety is generally disease free but can be bothered by flea beetles that cause pinholes in the leaves which can reduce the growth rate and quality of radishes. Radishes can also be bothered by root maggots. Both pest's populations can be reduced by using a row cover.
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