Friday, November 5, 2010

Rat-tail Radish, Raphanus sativus

Rat-tail radish  
Raphanus sativus
Radish gown for their pods are popular in South East Asia where they are used in stir-fries or pickled to used in a side dish. In Malaysia they are known as lobak. This is the first time I have grown them and have been surprised how decorative they look in the garden. The plants are easy to grow, reach about 90 cm and are topped with clouds of tiny mauve and white flowers which look at bit like Virginia Stock. The pods are crunchy and are not too hot. I have been cooking them with other vegetables and they are delicious.

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