Hey Debs, check it out! It’s harvest time at the New Castle grounds!
Two months ago, I planted some daikon radishes. Yesterday, they were ready for harvest! How did I know this? Well, the tops of the daikon root poke out of the soil when they’re ready to harvest, just like in Harvest Moon!
Daikon have fragile leaves, so you can’t pull them out by pulling the leaves. You’ll have to dig into the ground to liberate the root a little before pulling them out. I needed a lot of strength to get mine out the ground – some of them were really big!
Once they’re out of the ground, you’ll need to get the leaves off as quickly as possible, otherwise the root will shrivel as the leaves use up the stored nutrients.
Then, it’s a quick wash and they’re ready to peel and eat! Check out how white they are when they’re washed~! I kept the dirt from the washing, since it can be returned to the garden.
Daikon are a surprisingly low maintenance plant. I don’t think I needed to water them all that much, but it’s been pretty rainy out here in Australia so that might have helped a little.
I used some of them in daikon and pork-rib soup. I made it with American style ribs by accident, so it’s a little less rich than I’d hoped. I’m planning to pickle the rest Japanese and Vietnamese style. I’ll let you know how that goes if it goes well at all.
As for the daikon tops, they were generously donated to the Bonnie and Clyde Fund for Starving Rabbits. The donations lasted them all of 1 minute.