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Daikon

About daikon Edit

Daikon (from Japanese ダイコン (daikon) (大根), literally "large root"), Raphanus sativus var. longipinnatus, is a mild-flavored, very large, white East Asian radish. Despite being known most commonly by its Japanese name, it did not originate in Japan, but rather in continental Asia.

Although there are many varieties of daikon, the most common in Japan, the aokubi-daikon, has the shape of a giant carrot, approximately 20 to 35 cm (7.9 to 14 in) long and 5 to 10 cm (2.0 to 3.9 in) in diameter. One of the most unusually shaped varieties of daikon cultivated in Kagoshima Prefecture is the turnip-shaped sakurajima-daikon, which often grows as large as 50 cm (20 in) in diameter and weighs as much as 45 kg (99 lb).

The flavour is generally rather mild compared to smaller radishes.

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