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5 Fun Radishes to Grow

After a little investigating, I learned that these healthy, hydrating vegetables come in all shapes, colors and sizes. When planning our garden this spring, my fiancé and I decided to try something other than the traditional round, red varieties. We planted French Breakfast heirloom radish seeds the first weekend in May in our little Des Moines plot. Since June 1, we've enjoyed these long, cylindrical radishes that have a nice mild flavor. All it took was some watering and thinning them out to an inch apart

1. Purple Plum Radish

For fun color on your plate, go with these bright purple radishes. They grow fast and have a crisp, pleasant taste

2. Round Black Spanish Radish

These huge radishes take longer than average to grow (60 to 70 days), but they’re worth it if you’re looking for a spicy kick. Art likes to shred them to put in salads or to spice up stir-fry dishes.

3. Munchener Bier Radish

For German-food fans, this 4-inch German heirloom radish is typically sliced and served on bread or with pretzels. “It has a pungent, spicy flavor,” Art says.

4. Chinese Red Meat 

(also known as a Watermelon radish)
This beautiful, large round radish has a rosy-red center that makes it resemble a watermelon. But the best part is its super-sweet flavor. “It’s one of the sweetest radishes,” Art says.

5. Saxa 2 Radish

For almost instant gratification, plant Saxa 2 Radish. They look and taste pretty standard but are ready to harvest in just 18 days.

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