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Radishes

Raphanus sativus
Year-round, best in fall and spring

In Our Garden


French Breakfast
This slightly oblong-shaped variety is specifically resistant to bolting, but be sure to harvest it at maturity to keep it from becoming too hot and woody.

Cherry Belle
Round and cherry red, this radish is tolerant of poorer quality soils and maintains its crisp and tender textures throughout its summer-long harvest season.

In History

While evidence suggests they were domesticated in the Mediterranean, it is believed that the radish may have originated in Asia. Regardless of the exact origin, it is clear that the radish is used today in both parts of the world, with daikon (a long white radish) being a popular variety in Asian cuisine.

It is suggested that radishes were held to great esteem in ancient Greece where, at the Temple of Delphi, their likeness was modeled out of gold as an offering to Apollo.

Cultivation

Growing Tips:
Sow radish seeds in moist, nutrient-rich soil in early spring.

Harvesting Tips:
Once the tops are up, you can begin pulling them out of the ground. Be sure to pull them when they are mature. This happens relatively quickly in most varieties, somewhere between 3 and 4 weeks after sowing. The slower varieties can take two months to mature. Do not leave them in the ground too long or you may lose their pleasing crispness. Waiting too long to harvest can make them overly pungent as well.

Why It's Good for You

A tangy addition to green salads and cold pasta dishes, radishes contain a good dose of vitamin C. Their bright red “skin” is a sign of anthocyanidins – potent health-boosting antioxidants.

Did You Know

Have you ever wondered what makes a radish hot? That spicy flavor comes from the presence of mustard seed oil.

Let's Eat

How to Store:
When stored refrigerated in a plastic bag radishes will keep for about a week. The spicy vegetable also makes a delicious pickle.

How to Prepare:
Generously butter some crusty French bread and layer with thin slices of French Breakfast Radishes. Sprinkle with chopped chives, fresh cracked pepper, and sea salt.

 

Pest Management


Here is a list of common pests and diseases that may affect your radishes in California. For more information follow the link provided to the University of California Integrated Pest Management website.
  • Cabbage maggot
    Below the soil, they tunnel through plant roots, creating passageways for pathogens. These maggots are transmitters of bacterial soft spot and black leg…
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  • Harlequin bug
    A member of the stinkbug family, the Harlequin Beetle doesn’t clown around. It efficiently destroys crops by sucking fluids from the plant’s tissue…
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  • Flea beetle
    This leaf-jumper is double-trouble. The adults mainly feed on foliage while the larvae feed on stems and roots of tubers, exposing the plant to fungal infection.
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  • Downy mildew
    Often confused with powdery mildew, this disease does require moisture to produce downy masses of spores. It generally follows, moist, cool weather and appears most predominantly on the underside of leaves, though, it may present as yellow or brown spots on the upper side of leaves as well…
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