An ancient Chinese proverb states, “When white radishes are in season, doctors should take a break.” You may not think of the unassuming daikon radish (along with its cousins, the black or red radish) as a healing superfood, but its properties are extremely beneficial. Daikon radish has long been considered a superfood in many Asian cultures because of its ability to re-balance the digestive system, boost the immune system, and gently cleanse the body.

A known cancer preventative, this spicy root vegetable also supports the body while undergoing chemotherapy and radiation and lessens the side effects of these treatments. In addition, radish reduces inflammation, strengthens the respiratory and immune systems, facilitates weight loss, improves bowel function, reduces the risk of heart disease, regulates blood pressure and hormones, and, since it’s so rich in calcium, radish also strengthens bones.

Daikon radish is available in most Asian markets. Choose one that is firm, heavy for its weight, and not too large.

Get started on your healing journey with the simple and delicious recipes that follow. For added benefit, leave the skins on all vegetables.

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 boiling water.
2-Add the ginger root and 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 black 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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