White Radish (Daikon, Mooli, Oriental Radish, Japanese Radish, Korean Radish, Chinese Radish)
Feed in Moderation
Common Name: White Radish (Daikon, Mooli, Oriental Radish, Japanese Radish, Korean Radish, Chinese Radish)
Latin Name:Raphanus sativus, var. longipinnatus
Family Name: Brassicaceae
This white variety of the common red Radish comes in various shapes (ranging from the typical long Carrot or Parsnip shape to a fat, round turnip shape), but its properties are the same as the red Radish. As a member of the Brassica family, Radish leaves should be fed in moderation, because all members of this family contain glusinolates (goitrogenic glycosides) which can interfere with thyroid function and possibly cause kidney and liver damage if fed as a major part of the diet (but small quantities should be fine).
Never feed the Radish root, as it is high in glusinolates and also carbohydrates.
The flowers are mainly white but can also be found in shades of pale yellow to pink through to pale lavender. See also Radish and Wild Radish.