Healthy Food Daikon Radish

January 20, 2010
Healthy Food Daikon Radish Barbara Sinclair Holistic Health

Daikon is a Japanese word that literally means “large root.” No kidding, this Asian vegetable healthy food daikon radish roots can weigh as much as 50 lbs. and grow to 3 feet long! Typically about 1 1/2 – 2 lbs., the crisp, sweet and spicy daikon is most abundant in the fall and winter and readily available at farmer’s markets or in Asian specialty stores.

A fresh radish will be heavy, white and smooth without any sprouting, cracking or bruising.  Ideally, the green tops will look fresh (and are therefore edible) but they are often cut off or slightly wilted.  This giant vegetable that looks like a cross between a white carrot and a turnip easily matches its size with its nutritional benefits.

A fresh radish will be heavy, white and smooth without any sprouting, cracking or bruising.  Ideally, the green tops will look fresh (and are therefore edible) but they are often cut off or slightly wilted.  This giant vegetable that looks like a cross between a white carrot and a turnip easily matches its size with its nutritional benefits.

The juice of raw daikon is abundant in digestive enzymes similar to those found in the human digestive tract and therefore, is wonderful for people with weak digestive systems and also after eating oily or starchy foods.

You probably know it best as a side dish served with sushi or with any type of Japanese cuisine.  It’s best to consume it soon after grating as the enzymes are quickly lost.

Because of its ability to increase the absorption of beta-carotene from other food, the radish is good in combination with sweet potatoes, carrots or dark leafy greens.

Researchers in Japan have discovered that daikon juice inhibits the formation of dangerous chemicals in the body and they include it on the list of foods which may reduce your risk of cancer.

It belongs to the cruciferous family of vegetables including cabbage, kale, and broccoli.

Also highly effective as a diuretic and decongestant, the daikon radish  promotes the discharge of excess water by the kidneys and helps to dissolve phlegm and mucus in the respiratory tract.  It is used medicinally in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) to heal the lungs.

The root of the daikon is high in vitamin C, fiber, magnesium, and potassium but the leaves (if fresh) are even more nutrient dense with added vitamin K, folate, calcium, and iron, so don’t discard them –  chop into soup or a salad.

Both the leaves and roots of the daikon radish can be eaten raw, cooked, pickled or dried.

Try this simple combination as a healing tonic for your lungs

-1-2 ripe pears
-1” slice of daikon (skin on)
-1 1/2” piece of lotus root (skin on)

Juice and drink immediately

Or, try this simple raw salad with your lunch or dinner.  You can use as many of the ingredients as you like or feel free to add your own.

-1″ piece of daikon radish, shredded
-1 carrot, shredded
-1/2 beet, shredded
-1/4 cup raw sauerkraut
-1 stalk celery, chopped
-1/4 cucumber, chopped
-1/2 avocado, sliced
-1-2 artichokes (bottled ones are okay), sliced
-dash of lemon
-1 tsp. chia or hemp seeds (optional)

Toss and serve.

Experience the healing power of the mighty daikon radish!

Much love,
Barbara

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