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Sea Radish

Raphanus raphanistrum maritimus

Plant Data

Order:
Brassicales
Family:
Brassicaceae (Cabbage)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
The flowers have 4 petals and are always yellow (usually a rich yellow colour). Darker yellow veins can be noticed upon a closer inspection of the flowers. Each flower has 4 yellow stamens. The flowers grow in clusters at the ends of their branches. The petals are narrower at their bases and become broader towards their ends.
Fruit:
Long cylindrical fruit pods with spherical, beaded swellings. Each swelling contains a seed.
Leaves:
A biennial / perennial plant of the cabbage family. In the first year Sea Radish is usually just basal rosette of leaves. In the second year, Sea Radish grows taller and produces an upright main stem. The leaves are pinnate and toothed. The leaflets have toothed margins. The terminal leaflet is also toothed and lobed.
Maximum Size:
150cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The young leaves taste piquant and are edible raw or cooked. The root can be cooked and eaten and is similar to Horseradish. The flowers can be eaten raw, and the same goes for its crunchy, succulent seedpods. The seedpods are best eaten young before they become tough and unpalatable.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Maritime Wild Radish.
Habitats:
Beaches, sand dunes, sea cliffs, seaside.