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RADISH-FRENCH BREAKFAST also known as “Radis Demi-long Rose a Bout Blanc” in French, is believed to have originated in France in the early 1800s.  It is a traditional variety with a distinctive oblong shape and bright red colour at the top with a white tip.  Radish-French Breakfast is known for its mild, slightly sweet flavour and crisp texture, it makes a popular addition to salads and as a garnish, sandwiches, or as a snack.

Radishes are a member of the Brassicaceae or cabbage family,  (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, collards) and horseradish. All parts of the plant are edible. including the leaves and the radish root can be cooked though I have only every had it raw.    Sow them anywhere between your other garden veggies where you find a space.  If it gets too hot they can bolt and if they are shaded too much they grow bigger leaves rather than put food into the root.   Soil need to be loose and tilled deep to allow room for the root to grow.   A bit like carrots.  You will find it difficult to grow in clay soil unless you improve and loosen the clay with organic matter.

It is a frost hardy cool season crop best suited for late Summer to Autumn.   French Breakfast Radish is a great source of vitamin C and other antioxidants, as well as fibre and other important nutrients.  Quick growing with limited foliage it is a popular heirloom variety that has been enjoyed in France for centuries and is now widely cultivated around the world. 



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How to Grow French Breakfast Radish

  1. French Breakfast radishes grow best in loose, well-draining soil with a pH of 6.0 to 7.0.  Prepare the soil by loosening it to a depth of 15-20 cm (6-8 inches) and mix in compost or well-rotted manure to improve its fertility.
  2. Sow French Breakfast radish seeds directly into the soil in rows spaced 15 cm (6 inches) apart, and plant the seeds 1 cm (1/2 inch) deep. Keep the soil moist, but not waterlogged, during germination.
  3. These French Breakfast radishes grow best in full sun but can tolerate some shade.  They prefer cooler temperatures between 10-18°C (50-65°F) and will bolt (flower prematurely) in hot weather.
  4. Once the radish seedlings are 2-3 cm (1 inch) tall, thin them to 5 cm (2 inches) apart to give them enough space to grow. Thinning also helps to reduce competition for nutrients and water.
  5. Water the radishes regularly to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged.  Add a balanced fertiliser every two weeks to encourage healthy growth.
  6. Harvesting time is roughly in about 25-30 days. The radishes should be about 2.5-5 cm (1-2 inches) in diameter and the root should be firm and crispy. To harvest, gently pull the radishes out of the soil by the leaves.

There are plenty of companion plants you can grow with French Breakfast Radish to aid natural pest control of your crop.  Monitor for disease to be sure you grow a great bunch of radishes.  Then enjoy a tasty meal with radishes added for flavour and crunch.

Heritage of French Breakfast Radish

The French Breakfast Radish, also known as “Radis Demi-long Rose a Bout Blanc” in French, originated in France in the early 1800s. It is believed to have been first cultivated in France. The radish has a distinctive oblong shape and displays a bright red colour at the top with a white tip. Initially, people grew it primarily as a breakfast food, serving it with butter and salt. Its mild, slightly sweet flavour and crunchy texture have made it a popular choice for salads and garnishes. The French Breakfast Radish is now cultivated and enjoyed globally.

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Planting Guide for Australia

Scoville Heat Units (SHU)

Plant Height (cm)

15 - 20

Season of Interest

Spring / Autumn

Temperature Range (°C)

10 - 25

Determine / Indeterminate

Annual / Perennial / Biennial


Frost Hardy / Tender


Full Sun / Part Sun / Shade

Full Sun

Sow Direct / Raise Seedlings

Sow Direct


Well-draining, fertile soil


6 - 7

Soil Temperature (°C)

10 - 20

Seed Preparation

No special preparation required

Sowing Depth (mm)


Plant Spacing (cm)

2.5 - 5

Row spacing (cm)

15 - 30


Regular, consistent watering

Germination Time (Days)

4 - 7

Harvest Time (Days)

21 - 30

Good Companion Plants

Carrots, Lettuce, Spinach, Cucumbers, Peas, Beans, Tomatoes, Beets, Chives

Bad Companion Plants

Brassicas (such as broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage), Mustard greens, Turnips, Potatoes


Flea beetles (Phyllotreta spp.), Root maggots (Delia spp.), Cabbage maggots (Delia radicum), Aphids (Aphis spp.), Slugs and snails (Gastropoda), Cutworms (Agrotis spp.)


Clubroot, Downy mildew, Fusarium wilt, White rust, Black rot

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