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Old September 25, 2016   #1
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Default Middle Eastern Radish Varieties?

Since there's a lot of international folks on here, maybe someone can help me. Once in a while I'm able to get these radishes that are just amazing, the name I was told was "Iraqi radish." I can't find anything online about them, whatsoever. They're about the size of a softball, dark red skin with white core, radish flavor but sweeter and not nearly as harsh as standard radishes. Sorry I didn't think to take a picture last time I was able to get one.

Does anyone know what this might be? I'd like seeds since my normal source--a CSA that is a co-op of a bunch of different farmers--doesn't look like it will have a fall/winter season this year and I still want radishes. Yes, I have tried to find the particular farmer I think grows them at local farmers markets, no luck.
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Old September 25, 2016   #2
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Plant a few tops of the ones you like and you can probably get lots of seeds!
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Old September 26, 2016   #3
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I'm thinking that's what I'm going to have to do, provided I can find another. I'm hoping radish guy shows up at some of the farmers markets this fall with radishes. Otherwise I'm SOL on the good radishes.
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Big sweet radish sounds good to me! I did some googling and found a little info about a radish called "Middle East Giant" I wonder if that's the one?
Seeds are produced by Wingseed in the Netherlands.
http://www.wingseed.nl/assortment/ro...le-east-giant/
Also some info here:
https://myfolia.com/plantings/164282...phanus-sativus

There are a bunch of different "giant" radish seeds on ebay and amazon, but I didn't see the 'middle east' giant in my search.
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Interesting! The description is close but the photo is nothing like it. I may have to buy some seeds and try. Thank you!
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I live in the pseudo Middle East here, and I haven't seen a radish like you describe at the vegetable markets. I will look harder next time I am there and inquire of knowledgable gardening friends.
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