Radishes can have round, icicle, or cylindrical bulb shapes in red, white, yellow, purple, or pink. Here you can find out why radishes taste hot and what mild and hot varieties there are.

Where does the sharpness come from?

  • Sharpness from mustard oil
  • Mustard oil as protection against predators
  • Fluctuations in sharpness within a variety are possible
  • Sharpness depends on radish variety, weather, season, degree of ripeness and water content
  • cool and dry weather: small tubers with a sharper taste
  • Warm, humid weather: larger tubers with a slightly milder heat
  • sharper in midsummer than in spring
Tip: There are also differences in sharpness due to the cultivation method. In the greenhouse, the tubers become a little milder in taste and a little more tender. This allows you to vary the taste of hot varieties as you wish.

mild varieties


Albena is a spring-autumn variety and has snow-white bulbs with a round shape. The radish tastes mildly spicy and has no sharp aftertaste.

giant donkey

This variety with large round red bulbs comes from Italy and is early to mature. Its mild flavor is appreciated by many gourmets.

Celesta (F1)

This variety is mainly chosen for commercial cultivation. It grows quickly and is suitable for outdoor cultivation all year round.

Cherry Belle

Cherry Belle is a fast-growing spring/autumn variety with a thin, bright red skin.


This oval-shaped, very delicate and mildly spicy variety has a violet color with a white tip. She is fast growing and perfect for repeat seeding every 14 days.

Flamboyant 2

This radish variety with elongated tubers, which are white in the lower third, is visually similar to the French Breakfast 3 variety.

French Breakfast 3

French Breakfast 3 is a fast growing strain that was bred in France around 1880. It has oblong red bulbs with a white base and can be grown from spring to autumn.


Helios is a yellow, tender radish variety with a mild, aromatic taste. It tolerates heat, does not become woody and can also be sown in summer.


Malaga is a small, decorative tuber with a purple skin and crisp white flesh. It tastes very mild.


This variety has particularly firm flesh and large, spherical red tubers. The summer variety is very resistant to fungal infections.


Poloneza grows quickly and has white colored tubers with a mildly spicy aroma. It can be grown all year round.

giant butter

The variety produces large, round, red-colored fruits. It is also nice and crunchy and can also be grown in the fall.

Rocks 2

The very early radish variety has round red tubers with a spicy note.


The tubers of this variety for spring and autumn cultivation are bright scarlet in color and have a delicate, mild taste.

Round White

This variety features round, snow-white tubers and is the Italian counterpart of the Albena variety.


The fast-growing spring and summer variety presents itself with round red tubers that can get quite large. It is particularly mild and can be grown in a greenhouse all year round .

Vienna (F1)

This variety has a high resistance to powdery mildew. Its round tubers display a mixture of yellow and scarlet colour.


The round bulbs of Viola are violet in color. They are particularly firm, juicy and do not become furry. In addition, they can be grown throughout the outdoor season.

White Globe

This mild variety forms white tubers. She was first known in 1890. It is suitable for spring and autumn sowing.


Vitessa is a red cultivar of the giant butter type for outdoor year-round cultivation.

Zlata yellow

Vegetable lovers appreciate the round yellow tubers very much. It is suitable for year-round cultivation.

Zlata rot

The Zlata red has a strong and elongated growth. It is also suitable for year-round cultivation.

Hot varieties


The shape of this variety is reminiscent of icicles. Hence her name. The snow-white fruits are very hot and can be grown all year round.


The large tubers of this summer variety are particularly tender. They have a slight sharpness with an intense aroma.

Fuogo candle

The old, mildly hot radish variety from Italy has elongated fruits with a pointed end. Half of them are colored ruby ​​red. The other half is presented in white.

Note: You should be careful when harvesting, as the radishes, some of which are very long, can break off. In doing so, they can lose juice, which gives them their nice aromatic taste.

German Giant

This variety has red fruits that taste pleasantly hot. It is suitable for both early and late cultivation.


These radishes grow in a pear shape and are a striking pink colour. The juicy flesh is nice and crunchy. The sharpness is less dominant. Jutrzenka is a Polish variety. Her name means dawn in German.


The early variety Leda shows long radishes in white with delicate green accents. It is particularly juicy and tastes slightly spicy.


It is a classic variety with red fruits, which is characterized by a high resistance to downy mildew. The darker the radishes become, the more intense their spicy-hot taste becomes.

Pink Beauty

This variety stands out because of its pink tubers, which have a juicy flesh with a mildly spicy note. It can be grown in spring and autumn.

Giants of Aspern

This is a local variety from Austria that is popularly grown in Vienna and has been listed in seed catalogs since 1900. Its large crimson bulbs are slightly flattened in shape. They taste slightly spicy.


Rudi is one of the classic radishes that can be grown all year round. The round-shaped red fruits have a mild spiciness.

Rocks 3

Saxa 3 is an early variety that grows very quickly. It has round scarlet bulbs with a fresh and pungent taste and is also perfect for growing in boxes and containers on the balcony and terrace.


Sora is a slightly hot variety that ripens in summer. Its round, crimson tubers are crisp and firm.

Sparkler White Top

This variety has bicolored bulbs the size of a marble: red on top, white below. It has been mentioned in seed catalogs since the early 20th century.


This hot and vigorous variety features bright crimson radishes with white tips.

Tip: You can also eat the immature seeds of the varieties Sparkler White Top and Warta. They are tender and juicy and taste slightly spicy. So they still bring you a little yield if you forget to harvest.

White Breakfast

White Breakfest is a rare variety with semi-long white radishes. They are very heat resistant.

frequently asked Questions

F1 can mean: Hybrid breeding, crossing of two varieties in the first generation, not seed-proof and no uniform breeding possible from harvested seed.

Yes, tastes change. If ripe tubers remain in the ground longer, they lose their aroma. In addition, they become furry and woody.

You can reduce the heat of hot tubers a little by cutting them open and sprinkling with salt. You can also sauté them in butter. Heating also softens their sharpness. Steamed, they harmonize well with potatoes and fish. With this combination, they also taste a little milder.

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