the 'Russian hairless' radish
I'm not sure if this is an Asian radish but I think so. I purchased seed for this round, white radish from an "International Seed Company" in Rhode Island nearly 20 years ago. The seed company apparently went out of business within a few years.
The radish is somewhat unique in that it has "hairless" leaves. The catalog advised that the entire plant could be cooked and eaten.
We have done that but usually just eat the roots raw in salads. They are very good and it is nice to have a multi-purpose radish. I found another use for the plants today when I was checking out the seed pods - they are tender and very tasty and very green!
The problem?? I've grown and saved this radish seed for nearly 20 years. This year, I harvested the first planting entirely and replanted late. IÂm not sure if these plants will mature seeds. We've had really good luck with frost this year but with 2 light frosts now and snow in the forecast for next week (!!), the growing season is likely to come to a screeching halt.
In a way, it has gotten a little silly relying on my seed-saving. Surely, this smooth-leaf, white, round radish is commercially available somewhere.
I can no longer remember the name from that long-ago catalog. We just call it the "Russian radish." On the internet, I have found a couple of long Chinese radishes with smooth leaves but not a round one.
Does anyone know anything about this variety and the availability of seed?