What Does It Taste Like?
Raw daikon radish has a sweet and lightly spicy flavor, and it tends to be milder than a peppery red radish. The level of spice can depend on the variety of white radish, with some having a stronger flavor. The flesh is very crunchy and juicy. Cooked, daikon tastes mellow and sweet and becomes tender, similar to a cooked turnip.
Raw daikon root, leaves, and sprouts are used in salads and as a garnish. The radish is frequently used to make crisp and lightly spicy pickles, including Japanese takuan and bettarazuke. Grated and pickled with carrot, daikon is a common topping for Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches.
Daikon (大根, literally ‘big root’), Raphanus sativus var. longipinnatus, also known by many other names depending on context, is a mild-flavored winter radish usually characterized by fast-growing leaves and a long, white, napiform root.