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May 02, 2011

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I don't see these at the markets. They're quite interesting and I'd like to try some. I'm off to hunt these rat tails down.

I've never seen these before - I'm so fascinated, and hope to find some to try soon.

cool! i've never seen this vegetable before either. i'll have to ask my parents if they know about this.

my goodness. they really look like chillies. is this only growing in the US? very interesting. these maybe young radishes?

They're not young radishes, they're old radishes. It's what happens when the radish bolts (sends up a flower stalk). It's then pollinated by something like my honeybees, which freaking love radish flowers, and the result is seed pods, or rat tails.

Most of us pull and eat the radish root long long before they ever get to this stage.

Wow! Thank you for the info and the recipe. When we had radishes in our vegetable garden, I let some radish plants go to seeds. I dried the rat-tails and collected seeds. Next time I'll use them in my cooking. It's great when you have a vegetable garden, you get to eat the veggies you can not buy. Try fresh green cilantro seeds.

A true rat tail radish does not grow from root radish gone to seed. It is a separate vegetable where the pod is what is harvested. It is actually an heirloom vegetable and has been around for many years. It originated in Java and was discovered by the rest of the world in the early 1800's. It is very well known in England. You plant the seeds in early spring, it takes about 55 days to grow, then you harvest the pods from the approx. 4' tall plant. It blooms and produces pods all summer long, and actually does well in summer heat. There is only a small growth of root in the ground, not an edible vegetable. It is great in salads or by itself. It is also good in stir fry, but you only cook it for the last minute or so or it loses it's flavor. The seeds are available in North America as well as Europe. Try it. It is a wonderful flavor.

Wow, the first I've heard of these!

These look so interesting! I will need to keep my eye out for these!

Pinoy Panda, good luck in finding some, though I don't know if you will outside of someone's personal garden :(

Thanks Liren. They taste as interesting as they look!

Thanks caninecologne, hopefully your parents can shed some light on them for you.

Hi ziggy. I'm pretty sure rat tail radishes can grow outside of the US.

Thanks for the info Lisa.

Green cilantro seeds sound fascinating chimster.

Originated in Java, Faye? Very cool, so they're SE Asian in origin. Thanks for the info.

It was the first I've seen them too, TS.

Good luck in finding them Joey:)

marketman has a previous post on it:
http://www.marketmanila.com/archives/rats-tail-radishes

I love seeing this. We've kept busy removing wild radish from the fields and gardens before it goes to seed (but I've still nibbled on it here and there). Nice to see what else can be done with it!

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