I am in love with daikon!! I think you will be too once you learn about its many health benefits! Yep, even though it looks like a funky albino carrot, it is actually a radish. And it is a radish that has super powers!
Daikon is a Japanese word that means "big root." I think it tastes mild and tangy, not as peppery as other radishes. It has a crisp and juicy texture and I like to eat it raw as a snack or in a salad. If you steam it, when it is cooked, it tastes similar to cooked turnips.
So, why am I so excited about a root vegetable that tastes like a turnip and doesn't have much glamour or press like kale or beets do? Read on and see why I want you to know why you need to look for this radish the next time you're at the store.
- High amounts of potassium, vitamin C and phosphorus - nutrients that are essential for good health.
- Helps with respiratory issues. It can help clear out excess phlegm and eliminate bacteria and other pathogens from your respiratory tract.
- Promotes digestive health.
- Assists in detoxification by stimulating urination which helps the kidneys.
- Has potential cancer-preventive ability. It possesses antioxidant compounds that may help to reduce certain types of cancer.
- Bolsters your immunity because of the vitamin C content which stimulates white blood cell production.
- Alleviates inflammation. The anti-inflammatory properties in the juice can help to decrease inflammation in the body.
- Promotes bone and skin health because of its high calcium content. The antioxidant benefits will help to increase circulation which benefits the skin.
Amazing, right? I think it's a superfood...
You can eat it raw or cook it in a variety of ways as an addition to soups, stews or main dishes. You can roast, slow cook, boil, bake or steam it, just as you would a carrot. You can eat the leaves too! If you want to use the leaves, they are best used fresh and should be used the day you buy it.
So go out and get yourself some daikon! You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain!
That's it for now - Until next time,
Here's to the road that lies ahead - Here's to you!