New 'Roxanne' Radish Certainly is a Winner

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WesternGardener Jodi Torpey, contributor
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All-America Selections picked a real winner when the organization selected Roxanne radishes for 2015. These little fruits are red, round and perfectly sweet.
Planted in early April, the crop of Roxanne radishes were ready to harvest just as soon as the snow melted from a Mothers Day snowstorm.
 
All-America Selections picked a real winner when the organization selected Roxanne radishes for 2015. These little fruits are red, round and perfectly sweet.Click To Enlarge

All-America Selections picked a real winner when the organization selected 'Roxanne' radishes for 2015. These little fruits are red, round and perfectly sweet.

Photo: Jodi Torpey

Just when you think there isn't anything new under the sun, All-America Selections (AAS) introduces something uniquely delicious. 

AAS sends me free seeds each season to try in my garden, and 'Roxanne' radish is the first vegetable of the 2015 crop I'm happy to recommend. It's also the first to harvest because it took only a month from seed to table.

These little red gems are the exact opposite of most grocery store radishes. They are perfectly round with a bright white, sweet interior. The greens are quite tasty, too.

I grew my crop of radishes in a container, planting them in early April. The tops sprang up quickly and I tried something I hadn't done before. Instead of thinning the plants, I transplanted a few of the seedlings into another part of the container. 

I wasn't sure how that experiment would work, and I was afraid I'd pull up some oddly shaped roots. But all have come up perfectly round. It took just a little over a month to start enjoying them.

Unusually cold, wet weather probably delayed the harvest by a week or so. A thick blanket of snow on Mother's Day weekend didn't hurt these radishes one bit. In fact, the freezing temperatures may have made them even sweeter.

Radishes -- and their peppery tops -- are delicious used raw in salads, but they cook up well, too. Radishes are a nice treat when roasted in a hot oven, and the greens can be sautéed like spinach or made into pestos, soups and curries.

As soon as I pull up the last radish, I'll plant a new crop. That means I can expect another round of fresh 'Roxanne' radishes in early June.


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Comments (2)

ElisaDixon writes: I love reddish
Posted: 1:27 am on January 26th
oliviabrown writes: They look delicious :) and need only a little bit cleaning.
Posted: 6:51 am on July 6th
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