Harvesting Bora King Radishes

Awhile ago, we reported that we were planting a new radish in the garden for spring: Bora King. It’s a winter radish that claims to be purple on the inside as well as the outside. We were so excited to try them out, and this week the big day came: harvesting Bora King radishes.

Winter radishes grow larger than spring radishes. Quite a lot larger. Bora Kings can grow up to 8 inches long without getting tough. On Sunday we pulled one and tested it out.

One of the smaller radishes we harvested next to a cherry tomato for perspective.

One of the smaller radishes we harvested next to a cherry tomato for perspective.

We were anxious to see inside, so we fed the radish tops to the chickens and ran to the kitchen for a knife. Lo and behold, the claims are true. It’s purple on the inside.

As beautiful inside as outside.

As beautiful inside as outside.

That gorgeous color was begging to be thrown in a salad. So we pulled out the recently-harvested lettuce from the fridge and indulged in a quick snack.

Love those contrasting colors in a bowl.

Love those contrasting colors in a bowl.

And the taste? A little more turnip-like in flavor than most radishes, with an increasing warmth after ingesting a slice. Huzzah! I can’t wait to see what these look and taste like roasted!

You can find our recipe for Roasted Radishes in Gardening for GeeksRadishes are absolutely delicious prepared that way.

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One Response to Harvesting Bora King Radishes

  1. Ramona Newton says:

    Thank you for posting this. I can’t wait to try growing these.

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