Black Spanish Radish

Raphanus sativus L. var. niger | Also known as: Black Radish | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Hola chica! This Spanish senorita negra has a whole host of medicinal properties. “Cómeme! Cómeme!” I hear it cry. (That’s “eat me” to the linguistically challenged among you…)

Raphanus sativus L. var. Niger or Spanish Black Radish is a plant grown for the edible root which is about the same size as a turnip. This variety has a black skin, the inner flesh is white and has a bitter hot peppery flavour. This variety of radish is well known for having some good medicinal effects. It can be very beneficial if you have gall bladder or liver complaints. It's also a good source of fibre and vitamin C. You can cook it, or you can eat it raw. It's lovely grated in a salad or added to a coleslaw. The skin of this variety looks tough, but it really isn't and you can eat it no problem. They'll grow best planted in cool weather and given lots of water.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.1 - 0.2
Spread [m]
  • 0.2
Dominant flower colour
  • Inconspicuous or absent
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z8-11
Heat zone
  • H7-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -12 - 4
Heat days
  • 0 - 90
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • Clay
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Vegetables & herbs
  • Vegetables
Grown for
  • Culinary use
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Outdoor food
Garden type
  • Kitchen garden
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • Less than one year
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Black Spanish Radish 'Halblanger weißer Sommer'

PLANTS Raphanus sativus L. var. Niger 'Halblanger weißer Sommer'

Raphanus sativus L. var. Niger 'Halblanger weißer Sommer' is also known as Half Long White Summer Radish. This clump forming plant is grown for its edible root vegetable, the radish. This variety is white in colour and thrives in full sun.

Black Spanish Radish 'Ostergruß rosa 2'

PLANTS Raphanus sativus L. var. Niger 'Ostergruß rosa 2'

Raphanus sativus L. var. Niger 'Ostergruß rosa 2' is also known as Radish ‘Easter Greeting Pink 2”. This dark pinkish radish is semi-long in terms of length and is grown for its edible root.