French Breakfast radish was first mentioned by B.K. Bliss and son of New York in 1870. It kind of reminds me of one of those bullet Popsicles I used to get when I was a kid because of its cool red and white colors. French Breakfast is an oblong radish that grows 1 1/2 to 2 inches, scarlet up top in color with a bright white tip. Sweet, tender and mild. Perfect for salads. 1884 D.M. Ferry Seed Catalog says about French Breakfast Radish…. “A medium sized radish, olive shaped, small top, of quick growth, very crisp and tender, of a beautiful scarlet color, except near the root, which is pure white”. A splendid variety for the table, not only on account of its excellent qualities, but for its beautiful color.” 1922 Templin-Crockett-Bradley Co. says about French Breakfast Radish…. “A most beautiful radish of true olive shape”. Color bright carmine with clear white in the lower portion. French Breakfast is an exceedingly early variety and must be eaten as soon as fully developed to have it firm and crisp. Very tender and mild.”
Radishes contain Vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, folate, and potassium. The bright red coloring indicates the presence of anthocyadinins, which are antioxidants. Natural medicine practitioners recommend radishes for stimulating digestion. Radish is one of the nutritious root vegetables featured in both salads as well as in main recipes. This widely used root vegetable belongs to the family of Brassica. In China, it along with cabbage and soybean curd (tofu), is believed as healthy food. A popular Chinese proverb goes like this, “Eating pungent radish and drinking hot tea, let the starved doctors beg on their knees.”
Spacing: 1″ – 3”
Height: 5″ – 6”
Optimum Soil Ph: 5.5 to 6.8
Days To Maturity: 23
Sowing Method: Outdoors
Radishes are a cool season crop and are quick to mature. These heirloom seeds can be planted in spring or fall. Due to the small size of these seeds and vegetables, most people will use a furrow technique when planting. Sow in shallow furrow and cover with ¼” of sifted compost or light sand. Later after the first few true leaves appear, it is best to then thin to final spacing. Remember larger spacing will result in larger heirloom radishes but will take longer to mature. Be sure to seed every few weeks if you desire a steady crop of heirloom radishes out of your garden. Nothing can be easier to grow. Consistent watering will tend to eliminate woody roots and a better tasting radish.