If you have eaten all the daikon radishes you can eat for the season ( have you tried this easy recipe?) , it is time to let some of them go to seed. No extra care is needed, when it begins to get warm they will bolt, or go to seed all on their own. First you will start to see delicate flowers.
The delicate flowers are a pretty edible garnish to spring salads. Don’t eat them all- save some for seeds! Soon after the flowers decline, you will start to notice seed pods appearing.
They are edible and you can add the young slender pods if you want to add a radish flavor to fresh salads. Once they begin to grow larger, the seeds are ripening. Wait for them to dry and lose their green color.
Crush the seed pods to release the light brown seeds. Blow gently to separate the chaff, which will drift away, leaving the heavier seeds.
These seeds can be stored for next year, traded with a friend, or given away. In just a few minutes, you can have enough seeds for next year for free! Saving your own seeds is a great way to save money in your garden. I also have an entire post on how to get free seeds.
Saving your daikon radish seeds is very simple. You can save seeds from broccoli, cauliflower, and collards the same way. Do you like to save seeds or do you buy new seeds each year?