This one-of-a-kind Asian HEIRLOOM radish is grown, not for its roots, but for the profusion of long, slender, curving purple seedpods that grow in breathtaking fashion. Akin to lacy clouds, these 3- to 4-foot leafy plants first produce a serene cloud of pink and white wildflowers, followed by a glorious display of 3- to 6-inch purple and green pods. Crisp and tender, delicious raw or cooked, the pods have a more nuanced spicy accent than a typical radish, and with none of the harshness. Scrumptious when pickled. Gourmet treat!
An HEIRLOOM treasure from China, sometimes called Roseheart or Red Meat Radish, the Watermelon Radish has a ball-shaped root that is about 4 inches in diameter. Deep green shoulders fade to a bright white skin and finally a bright rosy, red flesh reminiscent of a summertime watermelon. Crispy, and with a mild, sweet flavor, it lends itself well to salads, garnishes and your favorite Asian dishes.