“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 an unremarkable 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. Did you know? 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 Autumn 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, which is available in most grocery stores.

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
1-Place the radish and carrots in a pot of boiling water.
2-Add the ginger root. Season with salt to taste.
3-Cook until the vegetables are soft.  
4-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 
1-Mix together the radish, carrot, egg, salt and pepper.  
2-Sprinkle in the sweet potato starch, a little at time, until you can make firm balls from the mixture. 
3-Heat the oil until it sizzles when a small piece of the batter is dropped in. Then gently drop the vegetable balls into the oil, one at a time. Fry until golden brown.
4-Use a slotted spoon to remove the balls. Place them on a plate lined with paper towels. Serve warm.

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3 Responses to Daikon Radish: A Healing Superfood
  1. I discovered this radish 40 years ago in India from a street vendor who would slice them lengthwise squeeze fresh lemon juice and add Masala garam masala and salt absolutely delicious

  2. Thank you for sharing this information about the Daikon Radish! I work in a Western medical institution, as an oncology dietitian, and now will absolutely incorporate this new found knowledge that this radish is “famously useful for addressing side effects of chemotherapy or radiation cancer treatment,” with my patients. Mother Nature certainly is an incredible and inspiring pharmacy 🙂


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