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Rat tails

Postby Pawty » Sun Oct 11, 2015 10:15 pm

Hi,

I love to grow novelty veg. This year I planted radish rat tails (suttons) . The plant looks nothing like the cover and has no fruit pods. However it does have a huge beet like root. Does anyone if you can eat this?

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Re: Rat tails

Postby Primrose » Mon Oct 12, 2015 11:53 am

Alas I can,t help you as I'm afraid I have never heard of them and had to look them up on Google. What an unappetising name though! As a rough guideline I would imagine that if the upper plant of a plant is edible by humans , the roots would probably be too but obviously advisable to get some more sound advice.

Later: i just checked Google again and according to this the roots ARE also edible.

http://www.gardenbetty.com/2013/04/radi ... e-pickles/
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Re: Rat tails

Postby Pawty » Mon Oct 12, 2015 6:17 pm

Thanks primrose. My plants look nothing like the pictures on the Internet. I do wonder if the pack contained the right seeds...... I'll dig out the pack and have another look. If they do taste good, I'll let you know!

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Re: Rat tails

Postby Westi » Mon Oct 12, 2015 7:13 pm

Interesting! Especially as any old radish can be used. My tip Pawty - just let your cheapo seed ones grow! I often miss my radish opportunities so just pull & compost, but might just leave them for a bit now I've seen this.

I do think the root might be a bit hot when it gets big, but hey - an alternative horseradish? Might be kinder with smoked fish maybe??

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Re: Rat tails

Postby Pawty » Sun Jan 15, 2017 2:31 pm

Hi,

The Edible Garden on BBC2 this morning featured radish seed pods as a tasty peppery snack! Will definitely leave a few in the ground this year and try them.

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Re: Rat tails

Postby Monika » Sun Jan 15, 2017 7:56 pm

I have tried eating radish seed pods in the past, Pawty, and was not impressed. But then, I don't like pea shoots either, so it's probably my taste buds rather than than an objective judgment of taste!
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Re: Rat tails

Postby Diane » Sat Jan 21, 2017 3:43 pm

I used to grow these as a Seed Guardian....you are supposed to eat the pods...but they didn't do anything for me either. Really easy to grow though and look unusual. It was a B****r trying to get the seeds out!
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