Alicia- you said that you love daikon. I would love to try them, but I'm a little confused. I found what I thought you had described at the grocery store, but they rang it up as parsnips. Is that close or the same or just different? I bought them anyway and had them tonight roasted with turnips. Delish! We also had the bok choy with ume vinaigrette and wild rice. Thanks so much for your inspiration! I love your book. And any info on the daikon would be helpful. Thanks!!
Daikon is a type of radish. It has white skin (with a bit of green at times) and a leafy green top (like a carrot). It can be eaten raw or cooked (I usually remove the skin before grating or cooking), is spicy to the taste when raw (like a radish but stronger) and mild and deliciously sweet (in my opinion) when cooked. I just bought some today at the Japanese market, but I have also found daikon at my local Ralphs. I hope this helps. :)
Thank you for your info. It does help. I live in a small town in Mississippi and I can bet nobody around here has even heard of a Daikon. Next time I go to Memphis to the Whole foods store I will look there for them. I wood really like to try them. Thanks Noel
A word of warning about daikon - it can smell rather strong after grated or cooked. I made the mistake of bringing some with me to school for lunch and eating it in my classroom with the doors closed. When my fourth grade students came back to the room after PE, they wrinkled their little noses and politely said that something smelled stinky. (We quickly opened the classroom doors for a few minutes and I made a note to self - open doors before eating braised daikon at school.) Please don't let this deter you from trying it - it is really very delicious and is much, much, much milder tasting than its smell. It is one of my favorites and I eat at least every other week and sometimes more often. I just thought that it would be nice to know this before you tried it for the first time.
Amy it's so wonderful to see someone on here that lives even remotely close to me! I live just outside Memphis. Would love to trade secrets on where you find things. Sometimes our whole foods doesn't always have everything I'm looking for, but it's our best hope here in the mid-south.
I just tried daikon for the first time last night. I put it in a sauce that I was making. Yummy!! I had to buy mine at a a Whole Foods. I was at a local grocery store (do they have Schnucks outside of St. Louis??), and thought I saw some, and it ended up being parsnips - apparently they really do look a lot alike!!