The Watermelon Radish
In the very first ad ever published by The D. Landreth Seed Company (May, 1784) there were 5 different radish varieties listed, more than any other vegetable, flower or herb. “…true early, London, short-topped, best Salmon and real turnip rooted radishes…” The Landreths listed so many varieties because in the 1600s, 1700s and early 1800s radishes were an important part of the American diet. They were used in soups, stews, dressings, slaws and salads. Today, radishes are popular in Asian diets and the French eat them for breakfast, but Americans do not eat radishes they way they once did. The Watermelon Radish (or Red Meat Radish) is the most beautiful radish you will ever grow. It is a large, turnip-rooted radish with bright green shoulders, a white turnip-shaped ball and…a beautiful watermelon red center. This radish is milder and sweeter than most other varieties. It LOVES the cold. Plant it in early spring or in the fall before the first frost. Even if you are not a radish fan, The Watermelon Radish (Red Meat Radish) will win you over.
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