Daikon is a large white type of radish, which originates from East and Southeast Asia. As a root vegetable it is used in Chinese, Japanese and Thai recipes. In North America it is grown as a fallow crop and the leaves can be used as animal fodder.
Raphanus sativus subsp. longipinnatus
Chinese white radish
Long white radish
Basic information and facts
East and Southeast Asia
East and Southeast Asia, North America, East Africa
Annual, biennial, or perennial:
It is an annual herb.
At first the leaves grow in a rosette, but later the stem elongates and branches.
A cylindrical taproot in the shape of a giant white carrot, about 20 to 35 cm long and 5 to 10 cm in diameter. Size can differ depending on the variety.
Climate and weather:
Cross pollination by insects.
Can be up to 100 cm tall.
About 30 cm between rows and 15–25 cm within row.
Grown from seed
Radishes can be harvested about 8–10 weeks after sowing.
Roots are used raw (sometimes shredded) or in cooked dishes in Chinese, Japanese, Thai and other Asian or Southeast Asian recipes. Roots are also used pickled or dried. Leaves can be eaten as a vegetable.