So today while walking by my hugel bed admiring all of the plants who have not been watered for some months now(it's later June, been in the 90's for a few weeks, not much consistent rain), I saw something BULGING out of the ground. Much to my amazement, the largest radish I've ever seen was pushing the onions to the side to make room for it's alien bulging root! I have never seen such growth as in this hugel bed with pure compost on top. Built the bed last fall, so it's had a little time to establish some beneficial soil life, and this year only using rainwater probably helped(early spring when the plants were tiny). By the way, I have large hands too-that isn't a child's hand like they do to sell jumbo strawberries. he he.
I'm guessing by the green at the top that it has some Korean radish genes in it, but I've never seen one split into so many roots. I only get a few (<10%) that are even twinned. And you're right, they do make good chicken chow, my birds will demolish a huge radish in no time.
That is one bulbous radish in the video. I'm sure there are excellent ways of cooking a large radish like that to be able to eat it, but I'm too busy right now to bother. But here's a couple current(6/22/13) shots of the hugel bed...a little fuller, but not to maximum yet. Probably plant some seeds for fall crops sometime soon since the Red Cabbages will be harvested--they can start growing in the cabbage shade, and then I'll harvest the cabbage and give them full sun.