This is not a root radish. It grows pods, like a bean does — it’s the pods that are eaten. It is a member of the raphanus genus, just like the more common radishes that are grown for their roots (daikon, cherry belle, etc.).
Bountiful Gardens description: “Mongri, Snake Radish. (1860) From Java in Southeast Asia. This radish was in vogue in the U.S. around the Civil War, but has been virtually unobtainable since. While Madras Radish pods have a mild radish taste, this variety is for radish lovers with a pungent radish taste much like most root radishes. This variety loves heat and will bear all summer long. Again, no edible root – grown solely for its 8-10” long, slender, dark-purple seed pods, which are produced in prodigious quantity. It really seems like the whole plant turns into pods. Eat raw, cooked, or pickled.”
3-9 weeks to maturity. Harvest all the pods right away (or 0-2 weeks).
Purchased from Bountiful Gardens
Rat's Tail Podding Radish
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Radish, rat's tail podding
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