Wild Radish, Raphanus raphanistrum, is thought by some to be the ancestor to the radish that we enjoy in our salad because the blooms of the two plants are very similar and it has a prominent tap root similar to the edible radish, but not as robust. It is not highly thought of in most parts because it can spread rapidly and take over large areas of ground with very little difficulty.

Wild Radish

Wild Radish

Wild Radish

A lot of folks think of wild radish as a weed, but we here in the Ranch find that it fits into our open landscapes very well. Our pollinators love it's flowers, particularly since the blooms appear so early in the year and provide a good source of nectar at a time when it is in very short supply. Look for our wild radish to be in mulicolored bloom from February through July.

If the edible radish was developed from the wild radish it was done by the Romans or maybe
even their ancestors. Whoever first started eating radishes did it a very long time ago.