Rat-tail radish (Raphanus sativus var. caudatus) 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 pale pink to white 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 is typically produces green pods, but the seeds I bought as rat-tail radish produced a range of pod colors–solid green, solid purple, and green with purple stripes–and the seeds I’m offering here as rat-tail radish are likely to do the same. If you are looking for a strain that is likely to produce mostly purple pods, check out my listing for Raphanus sativus var. caudatus ‘Dragon Tail’.
Harvested in 2020. At least 15 seeds.