Long Scarlet Radish
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This item was last sold on : 06/12/17
The Long Scarlet radish has medium to short green tops that have minimal growth, allowing the root to get most of the plant’s attention. Long Scarlet radishes have a long, tapered root that grows very straight and can reach up to 18 centimeters long. The taproot has a deep, scarlet red skin and a crisp, tender white flesh. Long Scarlet radishes have a mild taste that is not as spicy or pungent as other radish varieties.
Long Scarlet radishes are available in the spring and fall months.
Long Scarlet radishes are an heirloom variety of Raphanus sativus. Seed catalogs in the late 19th and early 20th century describe the Long Scarlet radish as ‘the finest long red radish with a delightful flavor’. The Long Scarlet radish is also sometimes referred to as the Cincinnati Market radish, or the Extra Long Scarlet Short Top radish.
The Long Scarlet radish shares many of the nutritional benefits of more common round radish varieties. The long red roots are a good source of calcium and potassium, as well as vitamins C, and B6. It contains other minerals such as manganese and copper. Long Scarlet radishes contain beneficial dietary fiber and folate.
Long Scarlet radishes can be eaten either raw or cooked. Wash the long roots under cool water and remove any root hairs. The tops of the radishes can be added to salads or used alongside other greens. Slice Long Scarlet radishes and add to salads or stir-fry dishes. Whole Long Scarlet radishes can be cut lengthwise and served on crudité platters. The shape is ideal for use with dips. Combine thinly sliced Long Scarlet radishes with thinly sliced cucumber, herbs and apple cider for a quick salad. Roast or braise Long Scarlet radishes with other root vegetables or meats. To preserve, Long Scarlet radishes can be pickled with other radishes. Long Scarlet radishes will store up to two weeks in the refrigerator when loosely wrapped in plastic.
Several seed preservation companies have noted that this variety has fallen out of favor in recent years and is slowly becoming a rarity among vegetables available for planting or purchasing. A variety is considered an heirloom if its origin can be traced back more than 100 years. Heirloom varieties are often those that have been passed down through a family, generation after generation. Several seed companies exist to help maintain biodiversity among the species available for consumption.
The Long Scarlet radish has an origin that may go back to mid-1800s America. This variety is only available through certain seed companies today, specifically companies devoted to saving and preserving heirloom varieties. Long Scarlet radishes were likely developed or discovered by growers near Cincinnati, which is why one of its common names includes the name of the Ohio city. Radishes are among some of the easiest vegetables to cultivate and they have been cultivated since pre-Roman times. Long Scarlet radishes can be found in home gardens and through small farms at local farmers markets.
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