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DAIKON– (Pronounced die-kun), also known as mooli; this large Asian radish is essential to Japanese, Chinese and Korean cuisines.
History & classification
There are literary references and archaeological remains of winter radishes in ancient China. Daikon is the Japanese name for the radish that is so popular in Asian cuisine. Daikons are long and narrow and usually white, green or creamy yellow.
They range from two to three inches in diameter, and from six to fifteen inches long, round is also common. Daikons belong to the species Raphanus sativus var. longipinnatus, along with other types of winter radish.
Its name is derived from the Japanese words dai (large) and kon (root).Daikon is thought to have originated in the Mediterranean.
It reached Japan, by way of China, about 2,000 years ago. Today, more land in Japan is devoted to the cultivation of daikon than any other vegetable. In one form or another, daikon appears at almost every Japanese meal.
The daikon flavor varies from mild to pungent, and all types are crisp, much like turnips.Milder than red radish, daikon has a crisp, juicy texture and a sweet, slightly peppery bite. Add it to fresh salads and relish trays or cook in simmering soups and stir-fries.
Peel and slice them raw to serve with dips or in salads, boil or steam and serve them like cooked turnips, or grate them into a stir-fry. Daikon greens are tasty when picked young and sautéed like turnip greens.
If your next question is ‘Where can I find daikon?’ Then, you have come to the right place my friends. It is available at area Wal-Marts, and the larger Kroger stores.
There are several sushi restaurants in Charleston where you can daikon with your meal. There’s Ichiban, Taste of Asia, Hibachi Japanese Steakhouse, Kaifu Sushi Bar, and Main Tin Restaurant.
Eat well and live long!
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