I grow a few different radish varieties. Watermelon radishes, French Breakfast, and Daikon (Mouli) but my favourites are the Easter Egg radishes. In all honesty I’m not sure that this a result of any great superiority in flavour (although they do taste great). I just think they look good, and photograph nicely.
Easter Egg radishes are a nice little round radish that come in a variety of red and purplish (and occasionally) white colours. They are nicely peppery and look and taste great cut into quarters and served on a plate with a sprinkle of a really nice eating salt.
The other reason I love these radishes is that they are lovely and easy to grow. They can be sown year round in Melbourne and develop quickly, although exactly how long they take does depend on the season. They take longer to develop in cool weather. I tend to sow radishes whenever I have space in the beds, in between slow developing crops or as an interval crop between seasons.
I don’t find radishes need any particular care or conditions, other than the usual bit of fertiliser and water. I do find that the actual radishes (rather than the foliage) occasionally get nibbled both by mice and by slugs and snails so a bit of protection or nearby traps can help.
A nice simple relatively trouble free crop. What more could you ask?
Do you have a crop or variety that you grow purely because you like how it looks?
Saturday Spotlight is a series of posts highlighting particular varieties of edible plants. If you have a favourite, or even a less than successful variety of a plant and would like to include it in the series then please leave a comment with a link below. I have created a page (above, just below the header) with an Index of all the Spotlights to date. I will add links to any new posts below and in next weeks post as well as ensuring they appear in the Index.
New posts from this week:
“Millionaire” Eggplant – Our Happy Acres
Savoy Cabbage – Garden Glut
Purple Sicily Cauliflower – Home Sweet Kitchen