Raphanus raphanistrum - L.
Common Name Wild Radish
Family Brassicaceae or Cruciferae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats A weed of fields and pastures[9, 17], usually on sandy non-calcareous soils[13]
Range Europe, including Britain, from Norway south to N. Africa.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating  
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

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Raphanus raphanistrum Wild Radish

Raphanus raphanistrum Wild Radish
Physical Characteristics
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Raphanus raphanistrum is a ANNUAL growing to 1.2 m (4ft).
It is not frost tender. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees, flies.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.


 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Flowers;  Leaves;  Oil;  Seed;  Seedpod.
Edible Uses: Condiment;  Oil.

Young leaves - raw or cooked[2, 105]. A somewhat hot taste, they are finely cut and added to salads or used as a potherb[183]. It is best to use just the young leaves in spring, older leaves soon become bitter[9]. Seed - raw or cooked. A very pungent flavour, the seed can be ground into a powder and made into a paste when it is an excellent substitute for mustard[2, 9, 115, 183]. The sprouted seeds have a somewhat hot spicy flavour and are a tasty addition to salads[183]. Flowers - raw. A nice addition to salads. The flower buds are used as a broccoli substitute, they should be lightly steamed for no more than 5 minutes[9]. Young seedpods - raw. Crisp and juicy, they must be eaten when young because they quickly become tough and fibrous[K]. An edible oil is obtained from the seed[115].
Medicinal Uses

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Other Uses

None known
Cultivation details
Prefers a rich soil with ample moisture[16, 52]. Dislikes very heavy soils[37]. This plant is a host of an eelworm that attacks cultivated crops[13]. This species is possibly the original source of the cultivated radish, R. sativus[46]. The flowers are very attractive to bees[108].
Seed - sow spring in situ. Germination should take place within 2 weeks.
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Raphanus landraRadish20
Raphanus maritimaSea Radish20
Raphanus sativusRadish, Cultivated radish43
Raphanus sativus caudatusRat-Tail Radish33
Raphanus sativus nigerOriental Radish43
Raphanus sativus oleiformisFodder Radish33


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Ana Castro   Tue May 7 14:31:47 2002
The portuguese common name is: Saramago
Stephen Mifsud   Tue Feb 25 11:43:18 2003

Link: Malta Wild Plants Online Database Botanical data, Information and high quality photos

   Thu Apr 21 13:30:46 2005
Harakanheinä = Magpie-hay Harakannauris = Magpie-turnip Istukas = Steckling, Plantlet Koirannnauris = Dog-turnip Linnunnauris = Bird-turnip ... Naurisheinä = Turnip-hay Pamppu = Truncheon Pamppuheinii = Truncheo-hays (dialect) Peldosinappi = Field-mustard Peltokaali = Field-cabbage Pitkäsenkylvö = The sow of lightning (old word for lightning) Pitkäsenpalko = Lightning-pod Pölkkyheinä = Block-hay Reikas Retikka Rietikka Rytkä Rääpäkkä = Radish (different forms) Ukkosennauris = Thunder-turnip ... Villikaali = Wild Cabbage Villinauris = Wild Turnip
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