What the Heck is It?

Interesting looking, isn’t it?

I first became acquainted with this unusual little veggie a couple of years ago when it arrived in my CSA box. I had absolutely no idea what it was, and furthermore, I had absolutely no idea what to do with it. So, I sent this text to my friend MT who knows all things vegetables.


Well, apparently there were a lot of things I could do with a daikon radish. Who knew? Certainly not me. Obviously.

I had no idea what to expect from a daikon radish. In general, I’m not much of a radish fan. I took a bite raw. Yuck. So much for a positive first impression.

For my second attempt, I sliced it thin, drizzled it with olive oil and sprinkled it with sea salt. (Oh and I roasted it…don’t want to forget that little nugget of information.) My expectations were quite low; after letting them cool, I hesitantly plucked one off the baking sheet. I took a sniff. Meh. Then I took a tiny little bite. Chewed. I may have smiled. Then I took a bigger bite. Chewed. This time I’m pretty sure I moaned. I quickly popped the rest into my mouth before devouring half the pan. (Not the actual pan, mind you…just the slices that occupied half of the pan.)

Daikon radish…where have you been all of my life?

Each week I couldn’t wait to see if my CSA box would contain a daikon radish. I was living the dream for the remainder of the season.

And then…sadly..daikon season was over.

I was in mourning.

Fast forward a few months to the day I was grocery shopping, and this caught my eye in the produce department:


It was huge…the size of my forearm. How could I have missed it?

So now it’s been daikon radishes just about every week. I have yet to have a checkout person know what it is. They always give me the quizzical little eyebrow lift as they try to get a better view through the produce bag. Finally, they ask what it is. When I tell them, they ask what I do with it. I refrain from saying anything too sassy, and instead tell them my favorite way to eat it: roasted with a little olive oil and sea salt.


Slice thin.


Place on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with sea salt.


Bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes.

That’s it. That’s all there is to it. You really do not have any reason to not give this a try. It’s a vegetable for crying out loud. A tasty little snack that’s good for you! Check it out!

Daikon Radish

1 dakion radish

olive oil

sea salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice radish into 1/4 inch slices (or thinner if you can). Drizzle lightly with olive oil. Sprinkle with sea salt. Bake until lightly brown(30 minutes or so, depending on the thickness of your slices).

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