Raphanus raphanistrum subs. sativus (26 days) Open-pollinated. Favored in Paris markets since before 1879, and our best-selling radish in the farmer-sized packets. “A medium-sized radish, olive-shaped, small top, of quick growth, very crisp and tender, of a beautiful scarlet color, except near the tip, which is pure white. A splendid variety for the table, on account of its excellent quality and its beautiful color.” —From D.M. Ferry & Co’s Descriptive Catalog, 1902. Gets pithy earlier than many others. ②③⑤
2248 French Breakfast
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About 1,800-3,200 seeds/oz.
A favorite for children’s gardens because quick and easy to grow with minimal fertility requirements.
Culture: Summer radishes may be sown almost as soon as the ground can be worked. Minimum germination temperature 40°, optimal range 55–85°. They emerge rapidly and grow quickly. Sow 1-2" apart, and thin to at least 2" for attractive uniform roots. Use row cover to protect from flea beetles. They develop more pungency in dry heat than in cool moist weather. Ready for harvest at about the size of a quarter and will rapidly get woody if allowed to grow much larger
Culinary: Parboil the greens and roots separately, then eat them together as very early spring salad. And the pot liquor, mmmm…
Days to maturity are from date of seeding
Disease: FY: Fusarium Yellows
Note: We cannot ship packets greater than ½ oz. (14 grams) of radishes into the Willamette Valley. The State of Oregon prohibits shipping any commercial quantity of untreated Brassica, Raphanus or Sinapis due to quarantine
For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.