Mooli (Raphanus sativus)

Mooli is a form of giant radish which is also known as daikon. Mooli is the Korean word for this popular East Asian root vegetable, which is used in the cuisine of many nations. You can eat mooli in both raw and cooked form, and it is suitable in a dizzying array of dishes from salads to stir fries. Mooli is also included in kimchi, a famous Korean pickled food.

This giant radish is more formally known as Raphanus sativus. Mooli can get quite large, and it is snow white in color, with a flavor much milder than that of other radishes. Well cultivated mooli is crunchy with a faint peppery bite, and it looks rather like an overgrown carrot when it is whole, although the leaves and stems more closely resemble that of a radish.

Raw, mooli makes a great addition to vegetable platters and salads. In parts of Asia, mooli is carved into fanciful shapes and used as an edible garnish. Some people enjoy eating mooli out of hand, especially in regions where people believe that it has potential health benefits. The mild flavor of this radish makes it suitable for younger consumers who might not find the sharp bite of smaller radishes terribly appealing; mooli can be added to lunchboxes for a snack, for example, or added to salads for younger eaters to create some texture without introducing an unwanted flavor.

Cooked, mooli can be used in a wide assortment of dishes. It is often included in soups and stir fries, for example, and it can also be shredded or grated and served on top of foods like stir fried vegetables. Mooli is also commonly used in Indian cuisine, especially in curries or as a filling for vegetarian stuffed breads. Mooli is also served in pickled form in a number of Asian nations.

If you want to grow mooli at home, select a well drained, sunny spot in the garden in the early spring. Mooli can be planted as soon as the soil can be worked, in regions where frost limits the growing season, and it can potentially be sown into the late spring. As the radishes grow, keep them moist but not soggy, and periodically thin the sprouts to allow the mooli to mature. After 30-60 days, you can harvest the radishes and store them in a root cellar or use them in various cooked dishes. Be aware that extremely large radishes can get bitter; this is also the case with radishes which are exposed to light as they grow, so consider mulching the plants to avoid exposing the roots to sunlight.

A Mooli is the Korean word for a type of giant root vegetable from the Radish family.
It is sometimes called the Daikon radish and is from East Asia.

some health benefits of mooli::
Weight Management:>
Moolis are very filling, they fill you up and satisfy your hunger easily without giving you many calories, as they are low in digestible carbohydrates, high in roughage and contain a lot of water. They also have diuretic properties so if you are on a diet, it will help get rid of excess fluid and detoxify your liver at the same time.
It is a very good dietary option for those determined to lose weight.

Skin Disorders:>
The Mooli contains Vitamin-C, phosphorus, zinc and some members of vitamin-B complex, which are good for skin. The water in it helps maintaining the moisture of the skin. Mashed Mooli is a very good cleanser and serves as a great face pack. Due to its disinfectant properties, it also helps cure skin disorders, such as drying up, rashes, and cracks and also refreshes it.

Being a very good detoxifier and rich in vitamin-C, folic and anthocyanins, the Mooli helps many types of cancer, particularly those of colon, kidney, intestines, stomach and oral cancer.
The Egyptians made oil from the seeds of the Mooli and it has been found that they contain a high percentage of glucoraphenin, an anticancer agent. Glucoraphosatin is also found in the roots.

Bronchitis, Asthma and Chest Complaints:>
The Mooli can relieve congestion of respiratory system including nose, throat, wind-pipe and lungs, due to cold, infection, allergies and other causes. It is a good disinfectant and also rich in vitamins, which protect respiratory system from infections.