My Giant Radish and Cabbage

in vegetables •  8 months ago  (edited)

I just finished harvesting my radishes and cabbages because it is starting to go below 0 at nights.

Everyone in the community garden said "My oh my! You've got the biggest radishes and cabbages."

I don't mean to brag (that's exactly what I mean) or anything, but I'm damn proud of these big guys.

Giant Radishes

Here is most of my harvest

Korean white radishes are a variety of the daikon radish called 'Mu' (무). As you can see they grow quite big.

Here is the monster just after I pulled him out....hello big guy!

Fortunately, he came up looking great. You never know, the underground part can be disfigured.

**I boasted I could get one as big as a football **

26cm long, 16cm wide, 51cm around, 3.9kg

So how big is he?

Well according to my measurements he was around 26cm long (not including leaves)

He was around 16cm wide.

His girth was around 51cm at the ground level where he turns from green to white.

He weighed in at a whopping 3.9kg after I pruned the leaves.

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This one may actually be larger but it was a funny shape. It is It's bigger than my head!

Is he as big as a football?

Well, an NFL/CFL game ball (same size since 2017) is a little longer and wider (11"/28cm X 7"/18cm), but that is the extreme measurement. If I measured my radish like this, it would be large. Also, my radish is more robust being less pointy at the end. I didn't have a football to place side by side, but the radish definitely has more volume and wins the day.

I'll make radish kimchi with him soon.

I will use a few of the others for various recipes. I will sell the other radishes and maybe give a few to my family.

Giant Cabbages

Koreans call napa cabbage 'baechu' (배추). It's mostly grown in the fall for kimchi. Koreans take kimchi seriously.

This is just some of my harvest after I riped off the damaged outer leaves, but before cutting the roots off.

I can now rest easy knowing that my kimjang will be saved.

In case you don't know kimjang (김장) is the art of kimchi-making with your extended family or village and is UNESCO protected intangible heritage.

This is what the big ones looked like with the outer leaves still attached just after I uprooted them. The outer leaves spread out and make the plant look like a small bush.

So how big is my cabbage?

I boasted it was larger than a basketball

L30cm x W25cm x 81cm around x 3.6kg ~ This napa cabbage has a 32inch waist which is fatter than a lot of people.

The length of this cabbage is around 30cm. I didn't cheat and straighten out the leaves. I stopped where most of them stopped. I could claim 35.

This cabbage is at least 24cm wide. I did a decent job to squeeze it.

The cabbage is 81 cm or 32 inches around. That's a men's large pair of pants in Korea. I'm jealous and cannot squeeze well into this size.

The cabbage weights around 3.6kg!

Here is wife hiding behind the cabbage. It's wider than her.

Is it bigger than a basketball?

The cabbage is definitely much larger than a basketball by every measure. An NBA basketball is about 9.5"/24cm in diameter which was the same as my cabbage when pruned and squeezed at a narrow point.

I cannot wait to make kimchi with this cabbage.

I will use my special recipe for this. My other cabbages are going to be given to my family for kimjang. They will feel special to not have to buy cabbage.

I will be the saviour of kimjang2019!

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EDIT: I am going to consider this my Garden Journal for November 2019. So above are my rows as they looked at the end of November 2019 just after harvesting the cabbages (the radishes were harvested 1 week earlier)

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Those are mammoth veggies, @abitcoinskeptic.

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  ·  8 months ago Reveal Comment

Okay... those guys are gigantic! Congratulations on a huge huge haul... it's great that they also seem to have survived in good condition as well!

Now, the thing that really caught my eye... I'm totally blown away that you have a Kikkoman Soy Sauce shirt!

I was quite happy with my crops and everyone seems to like the cabbage. Just sold the stuff my family isn't going to use and gonna finish processing the final batch of kimchi later this afternoon.

I'm glad someone noticed my Kikkoman Soy Sauce shirt. I saw it at Walmart and couldn't resist. I haven't bought a printed t-shirt in years.

What a ginormous cabbage, just beautiful radishes too. I love when the conditions are right for growing great big veggies.
Nice going.

  ·  8 months ago Reveal Comment

Ah we have a world champion, radish and cabbage grower!
Now you need to show me how to make kimchi my friend.
We have a nice spicy version that I love here in South Africa called Chakalaka.
But I don't think it has the same health benefits as kimchi, as many here just fry the stuff.

I have made it a few times. Maybe I will put up a better recipe this year. However, trying to get exact measurements will be difficult unless you want to make around 100kg of the stuff which is what I will be doing next weekend.

Hey, 100kg will last me for 10 years my bro.
I presume that you will making so much for many people to share?

A few people. We eat a lot though.

Hahaha, so you must all be super healthy my friend!
Good going.

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This would have been an awesome Contender for Food Fight Friday. Throw an fff tag on this post and I can get you entered this week. Good Lord!! That is a nice harvest!!

Too late, you are entered into the food fight. Lol

I updated the tag anyway. I had no idea about that contest.

Right on!! Ya every Friday just post something about food, Anything. Tag it fff and you are in. We will be posting the contenders tomorrow. I think we have 18 this week. @foodfightfriday is where you will find it. Cheers

Your Food Fight Friday Contender has been entered into Round 69
May your contender make it out alive and not be placed in a permanent food coma!
Good Luck
Have a

OMG! You have giant vegetables!!!

Yeah I'm very excited, too 🏈🏀

Yay! I've been waiting to see these. So amazing to see how big and beautiful they all turned out! You are the savior of the day for sure with those lovely cabbages. Can't wait to learn all about the kimchi-making. :)

Thanks! I'm looking forward to next weekend. Glad it isn't happening in my apartment, but it will be fun.

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Thank you ~ o.<

Holy crap that might be the largest cabbage I have seen :) That is awesome! Good work. I love kim chi , I really need to get into making it. I guess I need some kim jang

  ·  8 months ago Reveal Comment

You should be proud, it's not everyone that can grow anything at all never mind beauties like that, well done...

Thank you!

  ·  7 months ago (edited)

@abitcoinskeptic. I’m sorry I missed this one. I was super busy over the weekend and that new contender post kicked my butt. I guess I never went back and actually checked the final tally.

We’re still virtual friends, right?

I see it now and feel like a :censored: please accept this “edit” as my formal apology. 👍🏿

Welcome to the kitchen. Good luck in round 69, we’re glad you made it over.

Haha no worries. I didn't technically join on time or until after I hear about it.

We’re still virtual friends, right?
Sure ~

Actually, I write about food a lot and I have one or two humour ones in mind as well. Ever since I stopped using Tasteem, I've felt a void, this can fill it and with more than just restaurants and cafes.

It wouldn’t be the same without you, @abitcoinskeptic.

Hey @abitcoinskeptic, here is a little bit of BEER from @foodfightfriday for you. Enjoy it!