Pod Radish

Pod Radish
Pod Radish

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Who among us does not like ordinary radishes on our table in the summer? And how many of the most diverse varieties are offered to us by online stores, feast for the eyes: diverse in color, taste, and size. Botanichka also pays sufficient attention to this plant. But here's the problem: in my beds, radishes almost never worked out. Either immediately "goes to the tune", then begins to crack and be affected by pests. And I always wanted to grow this vegetable. Apparently, you will have to deal with radish seriously, finding out about all the nuances of its cultivation, so as not to lose this wonderful and useful vegetable in your beds. True, in recent years I have found a good replacement for a radish - Daikon. But it ripens only by the fall. I became interested in an analogue of ordinary radish, namely, pod radish, especially since it is a novelty in Russian gardens, and therefore is still a rarity.

Pod radish, or serpentine, or horsetail, or Javanese radish
Pod radish, or serpentine, or horsetail, or Javanese radish

Those summer residents who have already mastered this culture argue that the fruits of pod radish in the middle stage of ripeness are very similar in juiciness and taste to ordinary radishes, but with a slight peppercorn. They are used to prepare chic summer salads, add to soups or okroshka. And what a dinner in the summer heat without cold okroshka, besides, okroshka cooked according to old Russian recipes (with jellied fish, for example), which our ancestors ate! Pods can be eaten with ordinary bread and salt, marinated, fried in oil. They are pod-shaped, in most regions of Russia their length is 10-12 cm. In fact, according to experts, the island of Java may be the birthplace of this plant. In tropical conditions, it grows to the size of a good tree, and the pods can reach a meter in length. They hang from the plantlike long tails or snakes. Hence the unusual names of this radish: serpentine, Javanese, tailed radish, tree radish or rat tail (American version). In our conditions, the plant itself, like the pods, looks much more modest: its height is only 1.5 m.

Pod radish (Latin Raphanus caudatus)
Pod radish (Latin Raphanus caudatus)

Experts believe that pod radish improves digestion, suppresses harmful and unsuitable intestinal microflora, contains silicon, which gives strength to blood vessels, helps to increase immunity and joint mobility.

Most gardeners recommend growing pod radishes in drained soils, in beds with bright light throughout the day. Care for pod radishes is about the same as for ordinary radishes: you should not allow the slightest interruptions in watering, the soil should be constantly moist. It is believed that radishes are prone to increased accumulation of nitrates, therefore, with normal soil preparation, no additional fertilizers need to be applied, with the exception of ash. Despite their tropical origin, the plants are tolerated without damage to freezing up to minus 2 degrees (some gardeners claim that up to minus 6). Another important factor is the ability to grow pod radish using seedlings. If, as many argue, this culture grows well on an ordinary windowsill, then you can plant seeds for seedlings at any winter time,thereby determining the timing of the ripening of the vegetable in the open field in your garden. Seedlings of pod radish are almost indistinguishable from sprouts of common radish. They appear about a week after planting, and already on the 20th day the plants enter the phase of rapid development, quickly reaching a bush-like form. A bed with blooming radishes looks very beautiful, you just need to warn your loved ones that there is a pod radish on the bed so that they do not pull it out, believing that this is an ordinary radish "gone to the tune." The first harvest can be harvested in 50 days. By this time, the plant grows, depending on the conditions of detention, in height by 120-150 cm and has time to collect the first peduncles. They begin to branch strongly and subsequently become covered with a large number of pink-white flowers.Despite the widespread opinion about the unpretentiousness of this plant, many skilled gardeners still recommend watering it regularly so that the land in the garden is always moist. Pods are plucked for eating from the middle and lower branches, timely pinching the tops of the branches. Fruiting branches give lateral shoots, on which fruits also appear later. When they start to dry, it is recommended to cut them off, tie them in bunches and hang them to dry. Upon final drying, in order to obtain seeds, the pods should be carefully threshed.Fruiting branches give lateral shoots, on which fruits also appear later. When they start to dry, it is recommended to cut them off, tie them in bunches and hang them to dry. Upon final drying, in order to obtain seeds, the pods should be carefully threshed.Fruiting branches give lateral shoots, on which fruits also appear later. When they start to dry, it is recommended to cut them off, tie them in bunches and hang them to dry. Upon final drying, in order to obtain seeds, the pods should be carefully threshed.

Radish pod view of plants
Radish pod view of plants

Summer residents, who have already mastered this culture in their beds, warn that the plant can grow above 2 meters in height and more than a meter in width. In addition, the bushes grow quite powerful and, under the weight of leaves and fruits, without a garter, fall on their side. All this should be taken into account when organizing a garden bed with pod radish. When choosing a variety of this radish, it is useful to know that there are varieties with both long and short pods of green or purple color (the latter are sharper), growing straight like candelabra, or wriggling like snakes. Each plant can produce up to 40 pods or more.

Pod radish
Pod radish

And one more thing: pod radish still grows better on cultivated, loose, rather moist and rich in organic matter soil. The plant needs a tie to the stakes. You can sow it from mid-spring (under the film) and all summer. As already noted, you can also grow through seedlings. Since, despite its southern origin, pod radish tolerates slight frosts without damage, its harvest can be harvested until late autumn. However, it must be borne in mind that he has no less pests than cabbage. Gardeners even write that by planting this radish next to cabbage, they save cabbage from pests that migrate from cabbage to radish without causing any significant damage to powerful plants. We hardly need to follow this technique, because according to human sociology,as soon as there is a surplus of food somewhere, the population immediately increases in this place, including due to migration (!). And the last note: besides the pods, the radish has edible flowers, being an adornment of salads, leaves and root tubers. Tubers in an adult plant can reach a kilogram weight. It is now clear that the parts of the green radish are quite suitable as components for vegetable dishes.that the parts of the pod radish are quite suitable as ingredients for vegetable dishes.that the parts of the pod radish are quite suitable as ingredients for vegetable dishes.

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