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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Radish seed harvest

Just harvested this years radish seeds and kept two special select plants separate. They were two plants with the most purple color on the foliage, stems, and also had darker, rose-pink flowers. The pods were even purple and when they dried down, some turned an almost iridescent blue. Prettiest radish seed pods I've seen ;0)
I plan on planting these in a few weeks for the next round of selection. These are storage type radishes so the best looking roots will go into zip-lock bags in the refrigerator until next Spring. The rejects will get eaten.  

4 comments:

  1. Me too! Nothing special like those, though. I hope to collect its weed relative, knotted chardock to increase color range.

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  2. Me too! Nothing special like those, though. I hope to collect its weed relative, knotted chardock to increase color range.

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  3. I don't think I've ever seen the weedy radish around here. Is it worth eating at all?

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    1. Not really. You can eat the pods and young leaves, but it rarely forms a root. There is a natural hybrid of it in California, which has a huge range of color. It would be interesting to select the best-blooming radishes and see what can be made out of the blooms.

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