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Drying Daikon

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Persimmons are not the only thing we have drying. A week or so back we also hung up some daikon radishes, and their leaves. The daikon are being prepared for pickling. We also have a stash of fresh daikon sitting in the basement in two huge wooden miso tubs, covered with fresh sugi (Japanese cedar) leaves to keep the mice away.

Most people in this area throw away the daikon leaves, or put them in a pile next to our chicken coop (they love them). Its a bit of a waste though, since apparently the leaves are the most nutritious part of the daikon. Tomoe boiled them, and we hung them outside when it was sunny, and over the stove when it was rainy and damp. They dried nicely and Tomoe plans to use them in soup.

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