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'Watermellon' radish

Posted by dvdgzmn z10 SF CA (My Page) on
Thu, Oct 20, 05 at 0:19

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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RE: 'Watermellon' radish

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


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RE: 'Watermellon' radish

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


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RE: 'Watermellon' radish

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


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RE: 'Watermellon' radish

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.


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RE: 'Watermellon' radish

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.


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RE: 'Watermellon' radish

  • Posted by fred_d SW GALXESTON (My Page) on
    Sun, Nov 30, 14 at 15:55

Has anyone eaten the leaves?


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RE: 'Watermellon' radish

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.
Watermelon 1 photo watermelonradish2-1.jpg


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