Daikon is a long white radish coming from Japan. It is rich in beneficial properties: let’s learn something more about it and how to cook it!
The daikon is an edible root known with many different names, for example Oriental radish, white carrot or icicle radish. It is a spicy root coming from East Asia. It tastes almost like radish, its leaves look like turnip ones and it looks like a carrot, but white.
Daikons are widely used in the Eastern cuisine, especially for salads and as a side dish for traditional meals. However, lately it is spreading all over the world, thanks to its beneficial properties. Let’s find out more about this amazing vegetable!
Daikon: properties and benefits
This vegetable is rich in vitamin C, group B vitamins and mineral salts, especially phosphorus, iron, magnesium, calcium and potassium. Vitamin C is fundamental to strengthen our immune defenses, but it is also amazing for our skin and blood circulation. Moreover, together with iron, it promotes its absorption.
Daikons are also rich in fibers, which fight constipation and help eliminating toxins. It has diuretic and draining properties, very helpful in case of water retention and cellulite, but it also has detox and anti-swelling properties. This vegetable is highly recommended in detox diets, in order to purify the liver and the intestine.
That’s not all! It also promotes digestion and has antioxidant and anti-tumor properties. Furthermore, it is an anti-anaemic and anti-bacterial food. For this reason, it is perfect to fight respiratory diseases, because it helps freeing the respiratory tract from mucus.
Daikon: nutritional values
How many calories do daikons contain? Very few: about 15 calories for 100 grams! Let’s see together the nutritional values of this vegetable:
– Fats 0,1gr
– Cholesterol 0mg
– Sodium 21mg
– Potassium 227mg
– Carbohydrates 4,1gr
– Dietary fiber 1,6gr
– Sugar 2,5gr
– Proteins 0,6gr
– Vitamin C 22mg
– Calcium 27mg
– Iron 0,4mg
– Magnesium 16mg
Daikon: side effects
When we talk about vegetables, it seems impossible it has side effects related to an excess consumption. It is the case with daikon. We have seen it has thousands of benefits for our body, but you should also eat it regularly and with moderation.
An excess consumption can cause urinary tract inflammations, but also intestinal problems. Avoid it if you suffer from gastritis or ulcer.
Daikon recipes: how to cook it?
As we mentioned, this vegetable tastes like radish, but sweeter. You can eat the upper part of its root raw, on its own or together with other vegetables. For example, you can grate it and add it to your salads and soups.
This vegetable makes your soups and purees tastier and it is very good with fish. You can also add it to your legumes or cereals. Finally, you can cut your daikon à la julienne and preserve it in oil.
Instead, the lower part of the daikon root is spicier, so it is better to cook it. You can steam it, cook it in a pan or bake it, on its own or with other vegetables.
Daikon: where to buy it?
A few years ago it was impossible to find this root easily. Nowadays, you can find it in ethnic shops selling products from the Far East, but also in the fruit and vegetable section in the bigger supermarkets.
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