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Daikon, also known as white radish or mooli, is a versatile root vegetable that is commonly used in various cuisines around the world. Here is information regarding its history, origin, nutritional profile, seasonality, storage, and shelf life:

History and Origin of Daikon

Daikon is believed to have originated in the Mediterranean region and was later introduced to China and Japan. It has been cultivated for thousands of years and is now widely grown and consumed in many Asian countries.

Daikon Class and Calories

Daikon belongs to the Brassicaceae family, which includes other cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, and kale. It is low in calories and rich in essential nutrients.

Daikon Nutrition

A 100-gram serving of daikon contains approximately 18 calories, 4 grams of carbohydrates, and 1 gram of fiber. It is also a good source of vitamin C, potassium, and folate.

Daikon Seasonality by Continent and Month

The availability of daikon may vary slightly depending on the continent and specific regions within each continent. Here is a general guide to its seasonality:


  • Japan: Daikon is available year-round, with peak season from autumn to winter (October to February).
  • China: Daikon is available year-round, but its peak season is in winter (December to February).
  • South Korea: Daikon is available year-round, with peak season in winter (December to February).
  • Southeast Asia: Daikon is available throughout the year.

North America:

  • United States (specifically California and Hawaii): Daikon is available year-round, but its peak season is in the fall and winter months.


  • Daikon is not as commonly consumed in Europe, but it may be available in specialty markets or Asian grocery stores. Availability may vary by country.

Daikon Storage

To store daikon, first remove any attached leaves or greens. Store it unwashed in a cool, dry place or in the refrigerator. If refrigerated, wrap the daikon in a paper towel or place it in a perforated plastic bag to prevent moisture buildup. Properly stored, daikon can typically last for up to two weeks.

Daikon Shelf Life

It’s worth noting that daikon greens have a shorter shelf life than the root itself. If you have daikon with fresh greens attached, it’s best to use them within a few days.

Remember to always inspect daikon for any signs of spoilage, such as mold or soft spots, before consuming.

Substitution in Soups:  What You “Could Like”

If you don’t have daikon for your soup and need a replacement, no worries, here are some options that can work:

  1. Turnips: They’re pretty similar to daikon in terms of texture and taste. Get smaller turnips if you can—they’re less strong in flavor. Peel and slice them into thin rounds or cubes and toss them into your soup.
  2. Jicama: This root veggie is crunchy and slightly sweet. It won’t taste exactly like daikon, but it adds a nice twist to soups. Peel and dice it into small pieces, then throw them into the soup towards the end to keep that crunch.
  3. Radishes: If you can get your hands on watermelon radishes or French breakfast radishes, they make a good substitute. They’re a bit peppery but have a similar crispiness. Slice or dice them up and add them to your soup.
  4. Carrots: They have their own distinct flavor, but carrots can give your soup a similar texture and color to daikon. Slice or dice them into small pieces and cook them along with other veggies in the soup.

Remember, these substitutes might change the flavor a bit, but that can be a fun experiment. Let this be examples of new vegetable that you “could” like and enjoy the deliciousness!

Food Facts

  • Class Cruciferous
  • Calories 18 calories
  • Nutrients
  • Season Spring
  • Storage
  • Shelf life
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Carolyn Moncel

Carolyn Davenport-Moncel is a digital media and communication consultant, author, mother, contrarian, book, music and reformed veggie lover and Founder and Souper-in-Chief at Simply Souperlicious, a platform devoted to helping fans "fall back in love with veggies" -- one local, seasonal, soup recipe at a time. Follow her veggie and soup journey on social media @simplysouperlicious.

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