Horseradish – Easy to grow

Horseradish is a easy to grow root crop of the crucifer family which has an oil that contains the sulfur compound allyl isothyocyanate. This compound imparts the strong pungent odor and hot, biting flavor to the root.
The roots are carrot like in shape, usually rough and white to cream in color. The plant may grow to a height of three feet.
Caution Leaves have no culinary value and contain a slightly poisonous compound.

Horseradish plants will grow well in usda zones 4 to 8 in fertile, well drained soils. They are propagated by planting pieces of side roots that are taken from the main root. The roots are planted in late winter or early spring. Horseradish is difficult to eradicate once it is established. New plants regenerate from root bits left in the soil. Horseradish is harvested in late fall in most areas.
Mulch deeply to help retain soil moisture and control weeds.

Look for roots that are free of blemishes and bruises and that are creamy white in color. The roots should be fairly turgid and firm. Horseradish is best if utilized shortly after harvesting.

Horseradish goes well with most beef dishes.
** Try this sandwich spread on your next BBQ beef sandwich for your new favorite spread.
This is a simple basic quick easy to make horseradish sauce that will keep a week or more refrigerated in an airtight container.

1 cup sour cream or (Optionally use Mayonnaise)
1/4 cup grated fresh horseradish
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
* Optional 1 clove grated garlic
* Optional 1 tsp grated lemon rind
* Optional pinch of red pepper flakes
* Optional garnish with chopped chives

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9 responses to “Horseradish – Easy to grow

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  2. I learned the hard way if you heat it all the piquant disappears. So you can’t can it by any traditional method.

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  3. I’ve found that it grows well, but it’s always wormy by the time I want to harvest it.

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    • Grin … not to worry, after it’s ground and mixed no one can see or taste a few worms.
      Happy Holidays

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    • This is the only insect that I can find that feeds on horseradish roots.
      **Walters, S.A. (2009) Horseradish research review. Proc. Horseradish Growers School (29 Jan. 2009), Horseradish pest survey: 2008, ed Wahle E.A. (Univ. Illinois Ext, Edwardsville), pp 43–44. **
      The imported crucifer weevil (Baris lepidii) is also an important pest of horseradish as it directly feeds on roots and can severely reduce marketable yields; however, it is rarely found above economically damaging population densities. Permethrin (Pounce; FMC) is the insecticide of choice for insect control by many horseradish growers as it has efficacy on most of the problematic insects of horseradish.

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