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Video: Misato - Daikon With Pink Color, Agricultural Technology
The experience of growing a Japanese daikon with an unusual pulp color and original taste
Seeing the pink shine on a thin slice of daikon,
I want to drink sake warm, as if alive.
The evening will pass quickly.
For several years now, the seeds of a very unusual daikon variety of Pink Shine Misato have been on sale. The variety is of Japanese origin.
In Japan, with its volcanic soils and temperate, maritime climate, daikon is grown after harvesting summer crops in the fall and winter. A huge number of varieties of this plant are bred there. I tried to grow varieties and zoned for the middle band. Sasha is an early variety, its yield is average, this variety has a delicate moderately pungent taste. Of its shortcomings, I cannot fail to note the very different size of root crops.
The varieties Dubinushka, Dragon and the Ttsukushi Spring cross hybrid are very similar to each other. Their root crops are stably large, and Ttsukushi can be planted in spring - the plant does not shoot. But my spring plantings of this daikon were completely eaten by soil pests. In summer, these varieties are sown two to three weeks earlier than the harvest time. Sasha can be sown in place of the harvested garlic. This daikon, with such a late planting, is little affected by pests.
Variety Pink shine misato is a pronounced cold-resistant short-day culture. In the middle lane, it is very difficult to guess the sowing time of this variety. At an early date of sowing, the variety easily begins to bloom. If you are a little late with sowing, then it is very easy to stay with small root crops and significantly lose in the size of the crop.
This variety has an interesting feature characteristic only of it - the formation of a full-fledged root crop with a flowering plant. You should try to break the flower arrows as soon as they appear, and if one is broken, then more and more will appear with enviable consistency. The root crop, on the other hand, with sufficient moisture, will grow, while it is picked up with a special pungency, comparable only to the black Russian radish. Its density and sharpness are such that no pest appears even on the very surface of the root crop. At the same time, the pulp is filled with bright pink, with a pearlescent color due to small inclusions of white. Such root vegetables rarely have pronounced rings of white flesh, except for the white ring just under the skin. They grow larger than non-flowering ones due to earlier planting.
If we talk about the seva of this daikon, then, in my opinion, it should be carried out in several terms. I came to this conclusion after having received either only flowering plants or very small roots for several years in a row. About three weeks before harvesting the garlic, I sow a third of the seeds to be sown. With a row spacing of 30 cm in a row, they can be sown denser, taking into account the fact that some of the seeds may still not sprout. In the future, the plants should also be in a row at a distance of about 30 cm from each other. In mid-autumn, this distance can be further increased by selective harvesting of root crops. Daikon does not tolerate thickening and shading well.
For another two weeks, on weekends, I continue to sit down. At least one of the waves of this sowing will fall on a more or less optimal time. I can't imagine how to accurately calculate this period when the summer weather is not very stable in the middle lane. Indeed, the flowering is influenced not only by the length of the day, but also by the provision of the plant with moisture, the planting site (it is advisable to choose it in the sun). Root crops of those plants that have not turned into color, have received enough moisture and nutrition, for growth and normal formation of keeping quality, about 70 days are enough. Sufficiently aligned specimens about 10 cm in diameter are obtained. Their peel is white, but indistinct distinct red and green spots appear on it. These roots are almost completely buried in the ground. A small part of them, protruding above the ground, turns into a rich green color.When cross-sectioned, their flesh has alternating circles of bright pink and snow-white color with a ray pattern from the center, while visually obtaining a spotted pattern with a clear pearlescent tint. Each root vegetable has its own combination of pink and white, its own saturation of pink color, which on some root crops suddenly thickens to beet-red.
The width of these stripes is also different and unique. Like recorders, the roots of this variety with their color signals let you know about the conditions in which they grew, however, these "signals", of course, also depend on the heredity of the root crop. The variety, however, is stable, under optimal conditions it produces aligned roots of the same pink-white, but very varied pattern. You can, of course, plant this variety deliberately late, getting stably small root crops. But such agricultural technology will adversely affect not only the yield, but also the keeping quality of root crops. It is also worth adding that you should not rush to harvest the daikon, because it is possible to harvest it before the onset of stable frosts. Arriving at the site in October, you can sometimes see such an outlandish picture: daikon plants, powdered with the first snow,and green leaves peeking out from under the snow. When the cool, but still warming rays of the October, low sun will melt the first snowball and warm a small frozen "crust" of the earth, you can start harvesting. However, it should be remembered that a daikon already pulled out of the ground tolerates frost much worse, in this form it can easily be spoiled by frost.
Readers, looking at the photo of this daikon, will immediately see the difference in the size of root crops grown from a flowering plant (left) from standard root crops. In the photo of peeled and cut large and standard root crops, their bright colors are clearly visible. It is clear that this product will greatly decorate the table. It is hardly suitable for multi-component salads, which will lose its original color. It is good to decorate the slicing, traditional for radish and radish, with herbs. The daikon variety Pink shine misato is also suitable for grated salad. It is known that in Japan there are daikon varieties not only with pink, but also with blue flesh. Let's hope that the range of such original varieties will expand in Russia as well.
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