daikon-2If you’re looking for different ways to spice up your soups, salads and vegetable dishes try Daikon. Also known as a Japanese or Oriental radish, Daikon resembles a white carrot and is slightly hotter than a traditional radish. Daikon is found almost year-round from California and weighs between one-half and two pounds and averages a foot long.

There are four main varieties: The Mino Early, Early 40 Days, Miyashige Green Neck Stump and Hybrid Minowase Summer Cross. Fresh daikon should be firm, smooth and shiny. Daikon loses moisture quickly and can become soft and lose their flavor so keep them cold at all times.

Daikon can be diced, sliced, slivered or grated and added to relishes, salads, vegetables and poultry and seafood dishes. Daikon contains vitamin C and has about 10 calories per half cup. Spice up you food and spice up your life.

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