“Long White Icicle”

Medicine from the Earth

Daikon, in Japanese, means literally ‘large root’. The most common variety is white and shaped like a carrot. You can find it in a lot of asian foods as pickles, mixed into ponzu as a dipping sauce and even grated on top of tempura. It is considered to have many medicinal properties and the leaves are even used as tea. This crunchy and low calorie food packs a lot of punch when it comes to benefiting your health. It has been an integral part of Aryuvedic Medicine in India for thousands of years.

Daikon is packed full of digestive enzymes such as amylase, esterase and diastase. It is particularly helpful in digesting fats which is why you may see it mixed into a ponzu sauce that is typically used for dipping fried tempura.

Weight Loss
Daikon has a high water content and is low in calories. Not only does it help to increase your metabolic rate by promoting energy circulation, its diuretic effects will help you fight off that extra bloat and you’ll be well on your way to looking and feeling thinner.

Common Cold
Daikon has high amounts of vitamins A, C and E as well as phosphorus and potassium. These give you a great immune boost and help to fight off the common cold. It has also been used in treatments for asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory infections.

Overall, Daikon helps to nourish the blood and detoxify the body. It has anticarcinogenic properties and is even used as a hangover remedy.

How We Like Them:
We have not yet experimented much on our own but will certainly begin to do so now that we know all of the various restorative properties and ways to eat this radish! Thus far we rely on Dave’s Gourmet Korean Food to supply us with some delicious spicy daikon.

Other Uses:
Next time you make a slaw or salad, add in some chopped up daikon. You can also cut them up like carrots and use them for dipping in hummus or plain as a crunchy snack. If you don’t have access to dried daikon leaves, soak some fresh raw slices of the radish in hot water as an alternative.