When are radish ready to harvest? It really depends on:
- how you like your radish
- what variety you are growing
We prefer to eat the variety ‘French Breakfast’ when it is small. If it grows as big as the one in the picture it becomes fibrous and bits often go hard. This variety tends to become mis-shapen as it gets too big.
Vienna , however, is a larger variety. The radish in the photo are really the size of golf balls! They are a perfect shape and colour and have no blemishes. They are delicious to eat, quite mild in flavour but crisp and crunchy.
Radishes are at their best when grown quickly.
Radish can be harvested right through the summer, if the radish seed is sown every 2 or 3 weeks.
This year we have grown:
1. Vienna F1 hybrids
- large, golf ball sized roots if left – we harvest a bit smaller
- pure white flesh
- firm, crisp texture
- spicy flavour
2. French Breakfast
- long,tapering radish
- bright red skin with a white tip
- crisp, crunchy flesh
- delicate, mild taste
- quick growing
Children love to grow and harvest radish as they are such quick growers.
If you are unsure about when radishes are ready to eat, pull one and try it – if it suits you, it is ready!