Rat Tail (Purple) Radish
The edible pods of this variety add zest (and color!) to stir fries and salads and can also be eaten raw or pickled. Plants produce striking, long, moderately pungent purple pods that are best harvested when less than 6" long but remain tender even when larger. Lovely white flowers have violet veins and a violet tinge at petal margins. Plants do not form roots, and pods have some variation in pod color, with green or purple-green sometimes manifesting.
- From the Collection
- Fall/winter and spring radish
- Grown for the edible seed pods, not for the roots
- Best when picked at 6 inches or less in length
- Mildly pungent flavor
This variety works for:
- Fresh eating
Radishes are mostly eaten raw, sliced or diced and added to salads. You can also serve them as an appetizer with dip or hummus or sliced on buttered bread.
The leaves of radish plants are edible and can be boiled to improve the texture.
Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors as soon as soil can be worked in spring. Plant in full sun. Successive plantings can be made every 3-4 weeks throughout summer and fall to provide a continual harvest.
- Direct Seed: 1" Apart
- Seed Depth: 1/2"
- Rows Apart: 12"
- Thin: 2-3" Apart