Tuesday, January 18

Radish- One Seed Chicago 2011

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Radishes are root vegetables, members of the Brassicaceae family. They're Round, oval and elongated shapes. Their sizes range from less than an inch to two feet long. Radishes are used in recipes around the world. In China and Japan radish crops are most popularly prepared by pickling in brine.

Facts

Radish comes from the Latin radix, meaning "root." While radish skins come in a variety of colors the inside is usually white. A German botanist reported coming across a radish that weighed more than 100 pound.


History

Radishes were cultivated thousands of years ago in China, then the Middle East and Europe. The ease with which radishes are cultivated made them ideal candidates for the settlers to bring to the New World. Radishes were under cultivation in Mexico in 1500 and in Haiti in 1565. By 1848 the D. Landreth Seed Company, America's oldest seed house, listed 8 different varieties in their catalog

Where to Grow

Seeds are quick to germinate indoors and outdoors can be planted as soon as the soil can be worked. Short varieties can be planted in containers, while longer varieties need cultivated soil to allow for the development of the root. Sow seeds 1/4 to 1/2 deep and thin seedlings about 1 inch apart.

Types

"Burpee White"
"Cherry Belle"
"Crimson Crunch"
"French Breakfast"
"California Mammorth White"


More info


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