Daikon radish is a root vegetable that resembles a large white carrot in shape. It has a refreshing vegetal flavor that is mild and sweet in the winter and peppery spicy in the summer. It is one of the most common vegetables in Asian cuisine used in braises, soups, pickles, and eaten raw. Daikon's spiciness mellows out into a gentle sweetness when it is cooked for a long period of time.
Uses: Grate using an oroshi plane and mix with chili to make the perfect accompaniment for noodles or sashimi. Cut into rounds and simmer with your favorite soups or stews to add flavor. Daikon makes for phenomenal pickles with just sugar, salt, and rice vinegar.