'Watermellon' radish

dvdgzmn(Sunset 17 SF CA)October 20, 2005

Just bought some of these at the farmer's market. Looks like a turnip, 3-4 inch diameter, redish-purple flesh, mild radish flavor. Would like to grow some, but can't find seeds online. Can anybody help? Maybe it has another name?

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therainfallsup

1. try spelling watermelon correctly.
2. try using google.
I found them in 3 seconds.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2005 at 8:53AM
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dvdgzmn(Sunset 17 SF CA)

Thanks. I've never encountered such a combination of wisdom and courtesy.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2005 at 10:00PM
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winnjoe(MTL)

It looks like a great radish. I've never had any luck growing radishes here in Winnipeg - it gets too hot too quickly. I've tried mustard too - same problem. Joe

    Bookmark   October 24, 2005 at 7:49PM
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marshallz10(z9-10 CA)

The radish is a great taste treat because all the heat is in the peel and underlying white tissue. The "watermelon" pink to red center is sweet, reminiscent of watermelon.

The radish has several names, depending upon the seed company selling this Asian radish. Some call it Red Heart for example. Among those that sell seed are Johnny's Selected Seed and Pinetree Seed.

The tops are good edible greens too.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2005 at 1:19PM
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greenwitch(Sz19 SoCal)

Botanical Interests offers them so if you know a nursery that carries that line you might find them there. They are called Watermelon Mantang Hong, it's a Chinese winter radish. Rahanus sativus is the botanical name.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2005 at 12:27PM
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fred_d(SW GALXESTON)

Has anyone eaten the leaves?

    Bookmark   November 30, 2014 at 3:55PM
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farmerdill

Yes they are very similar to turnips greens, but even better than turnip roots when cooked in the same manner. The red and green is both tasty and attractive.This is an early maturing winter radish that will make in the spring. Grows better as a late summer fall planting tho.

    Bookmark   December 3, 2014 at 4:30PM
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venkyblr(11)

Thank you farmerdill. Those look very healthy.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2015 at 4:47AM
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