Giant Radishes

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Recently I showed you what happens when you over fertilize the fruits and vegetables. Evidently someone down at the Olympia Farmers Market got hold of the same magic potion. You think you grow some nice radishes? Check out these babies!


  1. Very nice---and did you buy some and hopefully didn't break a tooth. but we do grow 'em big in the PNW.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    When we first got to Japan, in 1953, we had to go through an indoctrination on what to do and what not to do. Among the things we were not supposed to do was eat Japanese uncooked food and drink their unboiled water.

    Their vegetables were monumental in size. A radish larger than an orange and a carrot the size of a baseball bat...Radishes that looked like the growth of a pineapple. Things like that.

    The reason was that the farmers used fermented human fecal matter for their fertilizer. Honest. And the stuff was collected in long or tall skinny barrels (we named them 'honey buckets') and carted from town into the countryside on wagons and then the contents were dumped into cement cisterns along beside the road and the fields. There it fermented and became pure liquid. For this reason alone, the people who wanted their toilet box cleaned out in town, were not permitted to use toilet paper because the farmer didn't want his fields of vegetables plastered with white sheets of toilet paper.

    This may sound like fantasy but it is factual. I think I will copy it now and use it for my post tomorrow.

    Your giant radishes are small in comparison to the real thing in those days. lol

    Thanks for the visit to the farm.

  3. Lois Says:

    Those are amazing! They almost don't look real.

  4. Wow this is so beautiful !! Great..Unseen Rajasthan

  5. MB: I couldn't fit them in the shopping bag. ;-}

    Abe: That's some story. I've been reading your newest blog on your time in Japan. You've had some interesting posts on there. I especially like your "now & then" photos.

    Lois: Almost?? :-O

    Unseen: Thank you.

  6. tapirgal Says:

    I wonder if the trend will hit Astoria. So far, no giant fruits and vegetables.

    ~ Your friend on Vegetable Watch

  7. Steffe Says:

    Wow those are some big radishes.

  8. Jacob Says:

    Good grief! You could use for baseballs!

    Great color, though! Are they edible being so big?

  9. tapirgal: Thanks Sheryl. You keep an eye open down there. :-O

    Steffe: Would you like us to ship a few over to you?

    Jacob: Edible?? I think I'd break a tooth!

  10. Shadow Says:

    You would need an awfully big salad bowl for those!

  11. Beautiful photo and the radishes are enormous, that's a great sign!

    I saw you on another blog and just thought I would come over for a visit since you are fellow Washingtonians. You have a beautiful blog.


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