Radish, Okhura Winter Queen Daikon (Organic)
Raphanus sativus. White Daikon. 40-55 days.
Classic stump-rooted daikon style radish with mild flavor. White, cylindrical roots can grow to 5 lbs and 16” long but taste best when harvested smaller. Excellent pickled, shredded on salad, or added to soups or stirfry. An outstanding storage crop, in the field or root cellar. Many daikon varieties hold a lot of their root above ground; Okhura Winter Queen keeps the above-ground portion small, contributing to increased winter hardiness. In addition to being a tasty and nutritious vegetable, daikons are also frequently grown as a forage and fodder crop, and as a cover crop to break through soil hard pan. Best for any use when fall planted. We thank Peace Seeds for introducing us to this variety.
As required by the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Washington Crucifer Quarantine, all Brassica family seed lots have been tested and found negative for blackleg (Phoma lingam) by an approved, certified lab.
Direct sow ¼” deep, March through September in rows that are 1’ apart. Germination in 5-7 days. Thin to 1” by eating young plants. For mild flavor and to avoid pithiness in bunching radishes, eat before they reach 2” across. Large rooted radish types can be eaten at any size.
Collect seeds from 20 or more plants (to avoid inbreeding) in the second year when seeds have dried down, usually in July. Cut seed heads, place on tarp, let dry a few more days, then dance to free seed. Collect seeds and winnow to clean. Isolate from other Raphanus sativus by 1 mile.