(69 days) F-1 hybrid. Like a stark late January moon crossed by clouds, Winter Light daikon glimmered but faded, yanked by the supplier. Luckily our 2015 daikon trial revealed another top finisher. Similar to Winter Light in size, Saitaro’s thick uniform 9–12"-long root tapers to a blunt point. Its rise will be steady and slow bolting, vigorous tops shading the nice-looking white roots with light green tinted shoulders. With very smooth silky texture cooked and a nicely spiced crunch when raw, this one is sure to have you saying oishiidesune (“ohee-SHE-des-nay”). Resists yellow wilt. ⑤
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Daikon means ‘big root’ in Japanese, and more acreage there is planted to daikons than any other vegetable. See also Green Meat.
⅛ oz packet sows 12½ ft; 1 oz sows 100 ft. Radishes average 2,500 seeds/oz.
Culture: Minimum germination temperature 40°, optimal range 55–85°.
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 because of a quarantine to control Blackleg.