Radish Seeds - Watermelon (Shinrimei)
- 250 Seeds
- 60-70 Days from Planting/Transplanting
- Beautiful Pink Flesh Mild,
- Sweet, Peppery Taste
- Size Ranges from Golf Ball to Softball
- Heirloom Daikon Variety
- Versatile Culinary Uses
- Asian Origin, Known as Shinrimei
History: Hailing from the vast stretches of Asia, the Watermelon Radish, or as it's traditionally known, Shinrimei, carries with it a rich cultural heritage. This heirloom daikon variety has a unique appearance that has intrigued and delighted gardeners for centuries. Its beautiful green exterior and vibrant pink interior make it a visual wonder, hence drawing comparisons to the appearance of a sliced watermelon, thus its English moniker.
Uses: Though named after the sweet summertime fruit, the Watermelon Radish does not boast a watermelon's flavor. Instead, it offers a delightful blend of mild sweetness combined with a gentle peppery zing. The crunchy texture and appealing coloration make it a versatile ingredient in various dishes. It's an ideal choice for salads, adding both flavor and a burst of color. They can also be pickled, giving them a longer shelf life and a tangy twist. Roasting them brings out a mellowed flavor profile, and when mashed, they serve as an innovative alternative to the conventional potato dish.
Growing Habits & Planting Instructions: Watermelon Radishes prefer cooler climates and well-drained soil. Direct sow seeds 1/2 inch deep, spacing them 2-3 inches apart in rows that are 12 inches apart. Regular watering is essential, ensuring that the soil remains consistently moist but not waterlogged. As they grow, thin out the seedlings to avoid overcrowding and to ensure they reach their optimal size. They generally take between 60 to 70 days from planting to reach maturity. Harvest when they are between the size of a golf ball and a softball, depending on personal preference. Regularly check the radishes' tops; when they begin to emerge from the soil, they are generally ready to be harvested.