Cherry Blossom Rice Made with Crimson Daikon Radish Core

Cherry Blossom Rice Made with Crimson Daikon Radish Core

You can cook up some breathtakingly beautiful cherry blossom rice using this method. It makes me happy just looking at it. It also has a comforting, gentle flavor.

Ingredients: 1.5 rice bowls' worth

Uncooked white rice
1.5 rice cooker cups (270 ml)
Crimson Core Daikon Radish
2 pinches
1 tablespoon
as needed


1. The star of this dish is crimson core daikon radish. It looks like a turnip.
2. This is what it looks like sliced. It becomes red when it is fully ripe. I used something a bit more red this time.
3. Cut the daikon radish into fourths vertically, and cut again into fourths horizontally.
4. Slice that into 2-3 mm slices.
5. Wash the rice, pour in water as usual, add in salt, sake, and the crimson core daikon radish from Step 4, and switch on your rice cooking machine.
6. This is what the rice looks like cooked. The colors are quite pretty and resemble cherry blossom. I can't wait for the cherry blossoms to bloom in the spring.

Story Behind this Recipe

The farmer granny from whom I purchase my direct-from-the-producer vegetables shared this recipe with me. She says it's the more luxurious version of standard daikon radish rice.