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Name: Teresa
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TsFlowers
Aug 4, 2016 7:18 PM CST
This is just a quick post: a fun tip that I learned at the farmer's market. If your radishes get too big and you don't get them pulled or used, by all means, let them go to seed. The "seed pods" are delicious and taste just like the radishes. I hope you all will try some soon. Smiling
. . . it's always better to ask questions, than jump to conclusions.
Name: Linda
Carmel, IN (Zone 5a)
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mom2goldens
Aug 5, 2016 6:17 PM CST
Thanks for posting this tip, Teresa. I'd never heard of this before, but I definitely have some radishes that may be eligible for this soon.

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Name: Robyn
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
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robynanne
Aug 5, 2016 9:35 PM CST
YES! I've been enjoying rat tails all summer! I love them! You can eat them raw or steam them. You can cut them up into salsa or toss into stir fry. They go really well in baked potatoes with sour cream. Tons of uses. I just bought an heirloom seed called 'rat tails' that is bred specifically for the pods and not for the root of the radish plant.

Just be warned, they get BIG! You will need to stake the plant and tie up the long long branches unless you want a radish patch of spaghetti branches. They will flower these pretty purple flowers and then the flowers will fall and it will look like bare branch but don't worry, the pods are growing. Pick them young if you prefer them mild. Hot weather can also make the pods tough and spicy.
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Newyorkrita
Aug 6, 2016 12:59 PM CST
robynanne said:YES! I've been enjoying rat tails all summer! I love them! You can eat them raw or steam them. You can cut them up into salsa or toss into stir fry. They go really well in baked potatoes with sour cream. Tons of uses. I just bought an heirloom seed called 'rat tails' that is bred specifically for the pods and not for the root of the radish plant.

Just be warned, they get BIG! You will need to stake the plant and tie up the long long branches unless you want a radish patch of spaghetti branches. They will flower these pretty purple flowers and then the flowers will fall and it will look like bare branch but don't worry, the pods are growing. Pick them young if you prefer them mild. Hot weather can also make the pods tough and spicy.


Everything about them sounds great except for the fact that the plants get big. Difficult to find spots for anything that doesn't want to stay neat and tidy in my garden. But still I might try a plant or two next season as I do love radishes.

I got curious and looked up Rat Tails. People are saying put them in one of those round tomato cages to keep them contained.
Name: Robyn
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robynanne
Aug 6, 2016 7:17 PM CST
Yeah, I was thinking that. You'd still have to keep tying up their branches to keep them in there, so several stakes could work too.

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