“When white radishes are in season, doctors should take a break.” – Ancient Chinese proverb.

The unassuming daikon radish—along with its cousins, the black or red radish—has long been considered a superfood in many Asian cultures. It has a remarkable ability to rebalance the digestive system, boost the immune system and gently cleanse the body. These properties are famously useful for addressing side effects of chemotherapy or radiation cancer treatment.

Other important benefits of radish include its ability to prevent cancer, reduce inflammation, strengthen the respiratory and immune system, facilitate weight loss, improve bowel function, reduce risk of heart disease, regulate blood pressure and hormones and strengthen bones. And did you know? As a bonus, radish is rich in calcium.

This root vegetable has a unique ability to support the body as the seasons transition to cooler weather. Daikon radish is spicy and its color, white. Although its healing essence matches the energies of both Late Summer and Fall, its properties align with the energy of Fall and its corresponding organs, the Lung and Large Intestine. These organs energetically support the “letting go” process of our body, mind, and spirit!

Daikon radish is available in most Asian markets and some supermarkets as well. Choose one that is firm, heavy for its weight, and not too large. If you can’t find daikon, choose red radish.

Give These Recipes a Try Today!

Quick Vegetarian Daikon Radish Soup
Daikon radish, diced
2 carrots, diced 
5 thin slices fresh ginger root 
salt to taste
Place the radish and carrots in a pot of boiling water. Add the ginger root. Season with salt to taste. Cook until the vegetables are soft. Serve warm.
Daikon Radish Vegetable Balls
2 cups Daikon radish, shredded
1 cup carrots, shredded 
1 egg
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/4 – 1/2 cup sweet potato starch (or corn starch)
oil for deep frying 
Mix together the radish, carrot, egg, salt and pepper. Sprinkle in the sweet potato starch, a little at time, until you can form the mixture into firm balls. Heat the oil until it sizzles when a small bit of batter is dropped in. Then gently lower the vegetable balls into the oil, one at a time. Fry until golden brown. Use a slotted spoon to remove the balls. Place them on a plate lined with paper towels. Serve warm.

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