I have three types of radish in my fridge now, so we did a side-by-side taste test. From left: my home-grown salad radish (var. Easter egg mix), Daikon radish (CSA grown) and the pink is also CSA grown – a winter radish called Misato rose. The lower photos are both the winter rose radish.
Winter radish are larger and slower growing than the standard salad varieties. And they keep longer.
Our taste test results: they all taste like …. well, radish.
The salad radish has the sharpest flavor, Daikon a bit milder and Misato rose the mildest. Misato rose is also the most crisp, Daikon a bit less so and salad radish the least crisp. (Of course, the salad radish here is an end-of-the-year, two-week-in-the-fridge one. I bet a freshly pulled spring radish would compare better.)
I would like to try to grow a few winter radish next year in my garden. I tried a round black winter radish from the super market last year. Very nice. I was not successful in getting any seeds of this variety to sprout, but will try again. I’ll try Misato rose and black round winter radish. Just a few of each for salads and martinis.
The Daikon is very nice, but its a bit scary to have so much radish in one place. Too big. I’ll skip this one.