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Common Name: Sea Radish
Raphanus maritima is a Biennial up to 0.80 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Coasts of Europe, including Britain, from the Netherlands to N. Spain, Mediterranean, Black Sea.
A plant of the drift-line and cliffs on sandy and rocky shores[
Prefers a rich soil with ample moisture[
]. Dislikes very heavy soils[
The seeds are dispersed by sea-water, in which they can float for 7 - 10 days without loss of viability[
Young leaves - raw or cooked as a potherb[
]. A somewhat hot taste.
Root - cooked as a potherb or used as a substitute for horseradish[
Flowers - raw. A nice addition to salads.
Young seedpods - raw. Crisp and juicy, they must be eaten when young because they quickly become tough and fibrous.
Seed - sow spring in situ. Germination should take place within 2 weeks.