Asian Daikon Radishes for the Winter Garden

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ChrisMcLaughlin Chris McLaughlin, contributor
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These arent white carrots - theyre daikon radishes.
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These aren't white carrots - they're daikon radishes.


Photo by et under the Creative Commons Attribution License 2.0.

The Asian daikon radish might not be as popular in the American garden as the round, ball-type. But, they're the perfect radish for fall and winter gardens - yet. But, daikon radishes are well-loved throughout the world. 'Daikon' literally means "long root" - which is why many gardeners won't recognize them as a radish at all.

These Asian root veggies are best when planted in the fall because they need more days to harvest than the ball-types. Typically, the traditional round radishes mature in 30 days, the daikons will need 60. So, if they're planted in the spring, they'll often bolt in the summer sunshine. These fat daikons will be ready for fresh munching and the dinner table come winter.

Like all radishes, the daikons perform best when they're planted directly into the bed in which they'll grow to maturity. They're big guys and do need lots of room, so be prepared for that and thin the seedlings to 6" apart. They can be harvested when they're carrot-sized or let them grow to the giants thay're meant to be. Asian radishes can be baked, pickled, simmered, and tossed into stir-frys. Even the greens are edible and are often used in salads and replace lettuce on sandwiches.

Seed Companies for Daikon Radish Seeds

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Evergreen Seeds

The Cook's Garden

Of course, you may want to taste and cook with Asian radishes before giving up prime garden bed real estate. Look for them at a local farmer's market or Asian market for the latest harvest. The fresher the root, the better (and less bitter) the flavor.






posted in: winter garden, radish, Asian radishes, daikon, ball radishes. fall garden

Comments (2)

markhunt writes: Looks nice and healthy
Posted: 5:16 am on June 14th
shimokajilarry writes: I was glad to read this posting, being Japanese American I enjoy eating daiko.

I hope that this asian vegetable becomes very populat in American gardens, this is very organic, and is very healthly

I would like to see more posting on Asian vegetable on this web site
Posted: 10:20 am on October 29th
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