Today boys and girls we’re gonna be talking about something interesting called a daikon radish. It looks a lot like a big white carrot but it’s actually a part of the radish tribe.
Ok but before I dive all into this, I want to share how I found them.
About a month ago I came across one of those ad’s Facebook delights in stuffing into our newsfeed, but this was one I was REALLY interested in, as opposed to some of the nonsense they think I wish to see.
It was for a company called “Imperfect Produce”. A quick read on it educated me that they are about reducing wasted produce that otherwise won’t make it into your local store.
I guess I never really gave much thought to the fact the fruits and vegetables you see are all generally similar sizes, shapes and attractive in appearance.
I never really thought about things being “to big” or “to small” or “to ugly” or “imperfect” to sell. It can also be to an over abundance of a certain food as well. Only so many zucchini can go on a store shelf……..
This company buys food from farmers and it’s kind of a win/win. The farmer makes some money on what might have gone to the pigs, it’s not being needlessly wasted, and you get a cool produce box that’s an interesting variety each week.
When I checked into it, by checking my zip code, I was already thinking they wouldn’t deliver in my area.
Well, imagine my surprise when they showed my area was a part of delivery service. For 4.99 they bring you this interesting box..
My first box came about 9:30 at night. They text you to let you know it’s on it’s way, and when they are close to you. I was really impressed that the box was so attractive and it was so pretty inside…..
not only that, it’s delivered in a chilled (uh… not like “chill” laid back and calm “chill” but cold.. hahaha) van so everything is nice, cold and fresh. It really impressed me… which I guess is why I’m starting my fourth order this week 🙂
Basically, you can choose all veggies, all fruit or mixed. You can choose from organic or regular produce. You can take the box the send you, or customize your own. You can also pick weekly service, or bi-weekly. I opted for a mixed box.
Not only all that, whoever does the marketing has a wicked fun sense of humor so I related to that as well.
Now back to our original story…..
When they showed Daikon radishes as being available, I figured why not give it a try? And like you, I knew nothing of them. So let’s get a little established on what they are.
The daikon radish looks like a white carrot. It’s a root vegetable, but instead of having a potent, peppery taste, it’s sweet, crisp and mild.
A part of the radish family it grows much larger than it’s counter parts, upwards of 20 inches long and 4 inches wide!
Unlike other radishes, it’s as good cooked, as it is raw.
On a nutritional level, they are full of vitamin A, C, E, B6, potassium, and other minerals, radishes can give your whole body an immunity boost.
Try them baked or boiled in stews and soups or in a stir fry. Also try them lightly steamed with olive oil, salt or lemon juice for flavor. Slice daikon radishes and eat raw with a dip or peanut butter or add shredded raw Daikon radishes to salads.
Daikon radishes are very popular in Asian dishes.
Daikon is quite perishable, so if serving it raw try to use it within 4 days of purchase. If cooking daikon, it can be stored up about a week. Keep it in a perforated plastic bag in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator.
So I looked for recipes and there are quite a few to be had. I liked the one that makes like fried “potatoes” out of it.
Oh and hey, if you think Imperfect produce sounds like something you might want to check out to see if they’re in your area, go to http://www.imperfectproduce.com if you decide to do it, please use my referral code when you do http://imprfct.us/ltIQM
Tell me…have you ever heard of daikon radishes?