Did you know that this is one of the most popular vegetables in Japan?
Did you know that daikon literally means “big root”?
Did you know that this veggie has a sweet and tangy taste?
Did you know that you can use shredded daikon as a replacement to rice for sushi?
You bet “WOW!”
As a vegetarian, I am constantly in search of new and delicious vegetables. I first discovered daikon while volunteering on vacation. My lovely wife and I worked at an organic farm for a day and besides being great fun and fulfilling, we were rewarded with a delicious lunch made from several of the vegetables grown there. One of those veggies was daikon.
Yeah, but how do you eat it?
Daikon can be eaten cooked or raw. Add it to stir-fry, boil it and mash it up, toss it on the grill and serve as a side dish, or bake it with the protein of your choice.
Eat it raw in a salad, pickled as a side dish, or shred it and use it as a great way to reduce your carbohydrate intake when enjoying sushi. I love sushi, but the rice is loaded with carbs and difficult to digest—daikon is my savior!
Besides being a delicious root veggie, daikon also offers these benefits:
· Low in Calories
· High in Dietary Fiber
· Excellent Source of Vitamin C, Potassium, and Magnesium
· Low in Carbohydrates
· May increase Immune System
· Heart Healthy
· Slow the Aging Process (count me in!)
· Has Cancer-fighting Agents
Next time you’re cruising the produce aisle of your local grocery and see a white rooty vegetable about the size of a baseball bat, stop and grab some daikon. You’ll be glad you did.
Until next time…