The root of a plant "Raphanus sativus" Longipinnus Group of the mustard family grown in many forms and colors from 1 cm dia. spheres to 30 cm long carrot-like roots and with colors from white through red to black. The crisp white flesh has a slightly peppery flavor of varying degrees of strength. Generally used raw in salads and for decoration in many sculpted shapes. The larger varieties, e.g mooli, may be eaten raw, cooked or pickled. The young leaves are also edible.