Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Radishes - The Fall Vegetable

Radishes are often thought of as a spring vegetable. But they put on an even better performance in the fall. They can get quite large without getting woody or pithy.

I often wondered why this is and I think I have it figured out...

With the days getting shorter and cooler they can't bolt. So the plant doesn't go through the physiological changes needed to produce a seed stem. One of which is a redirection of the energy of the plant from storage in the root to flower production.

In the fall this just isn't going to happen so the roots just get marginally bigger but stay very sweet (for a radish) and crunchy.

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