The skin is usually white but can also be black. A long, narrow vegetable, Daikon ranges in length from 6 to 15 inches and can average 2 to 3 inches in diameter. Although it may look similar to a carrot in appearance, its flavor is anything but. It has been described as mildly sweet and juicy with a slightly spicy, peppery bite.
This is one versatile Asian vegetable and its fresh flavor is delicious served raw or pickled. It is often used as a condiment, garnish or ingredient in soups, stews, salads and more. Besides enjoying them raw, you can also cook them in many different ways from roasting to steaming and more. They can also be thrown into a classic braise with meat, since they absorb their braising liquid beautifully and take on the texture of turnips once cooked.