A samurai party--
pungent as daikon radish
their conversation!

--Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), from Haiku

After chrysanthemums,
but for daikon radishes
there'll be nothing left

--Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), from Haiku

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Daikon...Loh Bak...or Chinese radish

(Raphanus sativus radicola )

Daikon looks like a short thick pipe--beige colored, heavy, sensuous. Sliced and eaten raw, it is fresh, snappy, with a juicy crispness--halfway between a radish and a turnip in texture and bite, and with a good long range between the two. If you get a green daikon (or a green and white one)--be sure to cook it before eating.