Radish Daikon
Contact us

Our support hotline is available 24/7.

Please contact us for goods over 22kg.

Phone: (03) 6354 2464

Contact our expert support team!



More details


Availability: This product is no longer in stock


Add to cart

This delightful annual tuber from the Andes region of South America is becoming increasingly popular. Sometimes known as NZ yam it is a delicacy favoured by Maori people. It is a staple crop second only to the potato with which it is usually grown often in the same bed. It is a little more prone to frost attack in cold areas so is best planted when any severe frosts have passed. The day-length sensitive tubers develop best after the autumn equinox and can reach 13cm long and 4cm in diameter but are mostly a little smaller than that. The crop is very tolerant of poor soils and low nutrient inputs but does best in rich fertile slightly damp soil. It grows in a very wide pH range, from 5.3 - 7.8. Plant each tuber about 4cm deep in rows 75-100cm apart and space the plant 40-60cm apart. They yield best when hilled in the same way as one does with potatoes. Yields are greater when a nitrogenous ground cover such as lucerne or peas is inter-planted. Harvest the tubers when the plant has completely died down in late autumn or early winter but before the soil becomes waterlogged. Oca is a very versatile food which needs very little cooking and is delicious when eaten raw in salads or as a snack. When boiling or steaming add oca for only enough time before the final cooking to just heat them up. When used in stir-fries, toss them into the wok about one minute before lifting it from the heat. The tubers become quite sweet when placed in a sunny position in the house for 4-5 days before cooking. They are a great new versatile food source and there are a myriad of ways an experimental chef can use them.

QTY 5 Medium sized tubers