Like rat-tail radish (Raphanus sativus var. caudatus), ‘Dragon Tail’ is very different from a “normal” radish–in appearance, anyway. Instead a plump, crispy, edible root, it produces 2- to 4-foot tall stems with an abundance of light pink to purple flowers that mature into long, knobbly, tapered seedpods. For best eating, harvest the pods when they are still young and crisp (thinner than a pencil): steam them like green beans, use them in a stir-fry, chop them into a salad, or pickle them. The young leaves and the flowers are also edible; bees and butterflies love them too! The stems can get long and sprawly, so consider giving the plants a tomato cage or some other kind of support, particularly if you want to leave some of the pods to mature on the plants so you can collect seed. Full sun to light shade. Annual.
Please note: rat-tail radish typically produces green pods, but I acquired my original seeds as ‘Dragon Tail’, and I have found that they are more likely than the rat-tail to produce purple pods. There is still a possibility that some of these seeds may produce some green or purplish green pods, though.
Harvested in 2020. At least 15 seeds.