This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
At a recent meeting of the the Edinburgh Botanical Society, the President exhibited two first and second year's plants of Raphanus maritimus, showing that it is at least of biennial duration. It is said by some to last for three years, although it has been questioned if it is really distinct from the strictly annual Raphanus Raphanistrum. In Withering's Botany it is stated that the late Dr. Walker, Professor of Natural History at Edinburgh, so long ago as 1753, deemed it preferable to Horse Radish for the table, and found that cattle were fond of its herbage. When the young roots are cut into very small pieces and sparingly mixed with green salad, such as Lettuce, Mr. Gorrie obtains a very decided and agreeable Radish flavor. These roots are obtainable in perfection at periods when the common garden Radish is not in season. One of the specimens was fully four feet high and had not had room to spread. The original stock had been brought from the coast of Bute and Wemyss Bay in 1877. One of the specimens in Mr. Gorrie's garden measured on August 24, 1878, 4 feet 2 inches high, while the spread of its lower branches was 8 feet 5 inches in diameter.
This plant might profitably be cultivated for cattle feeding on exposed sandy coasts.