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Background of Horseradish
Believed to have originated from North Eastern Europe, this plant has been mentioned in many text dateing back centuries, but usually as a medicinal plant rather than a culinary one. Although its culinary use still dates back as far as the 1500's. Horseradish is one of the five bitter herbs eaten during Passover along with coriander, nettle lettuce and horehound. A member of the Cruciferae family along with cabbage, Brussel sprouts and broccoli they all share a sulphur like odour.
Uses for Horseradish
Horseradish straight from the garden has a sweeter taste than store bought or processed so it is well worth growing. The root of this plant has little smell until grated. The chemical process of damaging the cells releases a pungent odour that will clear the nostrils. Use it as an accompaniment to fish and meat. Horseradish was, along with coriander, horehound, lettuce & nettle, one of the five bitter herbs eaten historically during the feast of the Passover.
Is said to be useful in clearing blocked sinuses and aiding to clear infection. It has shown to be antibiotic, against many bacteria and was also used to treat kidney stones and bladder infections.
Growing tips for Horseradish
Watch where you grow horseradish as in favourable conditions it can spread and take over, but if there are any weeds around when it emerges in spring, the snails will eat the emerging growth and kill the plant. Plant where it can get plenty of sun although it will tolerate some shade. Water well once a week in dry conditions. Mulch well and feed with compost. To save it taking over your garden when it is well established, dig up the whole root in autumn and just replant a portion about the size of a fist. If you require large quantities, split the plant and replant multiples.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.