Native to South Asia. Grown for the crisp, pungent, edible seedpods (up to 6 inches long) and not for the roots. Pods should be gathered before fully mature and eaten raw, pickled, or chopped in salads.
- Grown for the edible seed pods, not for the roots
- Crisp, pungent seed pods grow to 6 inches
- Immature pods have best flavor
- Eaten raw, pickled, or chopped in salads
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.
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
Ratings & Reviews
Great radish alternative
This is the second season I have grown these in Piedmont NC. The first time they did okay, but were in too much shade. This time they have some more sun, and are producing quite well. They are much taller than I anticipated, at least 3-4 feet and still growing, so I think I will stake them next time and space them a bit more.
The pods taste pretty much like a traditional radish root with a bit of a crunch.
These are great for gardens that do not support root vegetables very well (like mine, due to heavy soil).
A radish for summer
by Ordinary World
Great in the summer when the usual radishes bolt. These rat-tail radishes make feisty addition to salads, and give a wasabi-like kick to coleslaw.
Mixed bag but pleasant surprise
These were a real surprise. Bought on a whim as they were novel. They performed extremely well. Very nice stir fry ingredient. Only 4 stars because of massive variation in the plants. It's clear there were at least 4 different varieties due to pod and root sizes. Most had no root to speak of. A few were big dense roots like parsnip and never made pods. One was black like an Indian radish. The little pods were more of a hassle with tough ends. The big pods are a delight. Despite the grab bag, the germination rate was great so yield was high, and I pickled the dense root bearing ones that grew in between the rat tails.