Product: Horseradish, Cut
Latin Name: Armoracia rusticana
Plant Family: Brassicaceae
Other Names: Cran de Bretagne, Cranson, Grand Raifort, Great Raifort, Meerrettich, Mountain Radish, Moutarde des Allemands, Moutarde des Capucins, Moutardelle, Pepperrot, Rábano Picante, Rábano Rústico, Radis de Cheval, Raifort, Raifort Sauvage & Red Cole.
Description: Horseradish is a perennial herb native to Europe and Western Asia that is chiefly cultivated for its root. The leaves grow from a basal rosette and can reach a length of 50-90cm, they are broad, crinkly with serrated edges and are dark green in colour. The 4-petaled flowers are white to pale lilac in colour and form clusters on stems that grow from the base of the plant. The roots are gnarly, thick and fleshy and can grow to a depth of up to 30-60cm with fine rootlets attached to the main root. The roots are creamy white inside and pale tan on the outside.
Aside from the traditional sauce made to accompany roast beef, you can also make a wonderful sauce to accompany fish, add some zing to homemade coleslaw and make a glaze for ham with a little marmalade and powdered mustard. Horseradish root contains vitamin c and also has antibiotic properties. Horseradish can also make a good companion plant for potatoes, helping them boost their resistance to disease. A decoction made from horseradish root makes an effective spray to guard against brown rot on apples and other fungicidal diseases.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.