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How to grow HORSERADISH….( Armoracia rusticana syn. A. lapathifolia )

ORIGIN: Eastern Europe
FAMILY: Brassicaceae syn. Cruciferae

A perennial to 1.5m high on a tapering, fleshy taproot to 60 cm long and 5 cm thick, it has large basal leaves, 30-100 cm long, with toothed margins. The white flowers appear mid-summer to mid-autumn. It tolerates damp soils and grows vigorously. It does best in temperate climates, to the point of becoming an ‘edible weed’ in some gardens. In warmer, more humid areas it can still be productive but is prone to attack by caterpillars in autumn. In tropical zones it is unlikely to do well, Horseradish tree is a good alternative. It should be planted in a permanent position and not be disturbed as new plants will arise  from any broken roots and it would quickly become invasive if cultivated.

Food: the fresh roots are used for flavouring meats, vegetables and pickles. They are also processed into sauce and vinegar. Young leaves have a pleasant flavour and can be added to salads or cooked as a potherb. Sprouted seeds are eaten in salads. Roots can be brought indoors in winter and forced into producing white, tender, sweet leaves. In Germany, sliced roots are cooked like parsnips.
Nutrient cycler: this deep rooted plant can be used in orchards to open up compacted soils and return nutrients to the surface of the soil.

Recommended planting time: propagate by root or crown division in spring or autumn. Take root cuttings 60mm long or shorter, if plant material is limited. Lay the cuttings horizontally in a prepared garden site or a styrofoam box filled with potting mix. The cuttings should be buried 3 cm deep. Keep moist until the first leaves appear.

Sowing rate: Space 50cm apart

Horseradish Sauce

  • 4 tablespoons grated horseradish

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 300 ml fresh cream

Mix the grated horseradish with the lemon juice, cover and leave to stand for 10 minutes. Then stir in the sugar and leave to stand again. Finally mix in the cream.


4 responses

  1. Another excellent share. I need to find some horseradish to get planting here. I had one in a pot once but it died.

    March 17, 2015 at 5:10 pm

  2. Hi there ” narf77 ” 😀 …Long time no see mate, I ADMIT, I was and still am busy…Work and other things around the hobby farm ..ha ha ….The first picture above is from my garden …I started with one tiny little root cut …Boy they grow fast and almost impossible to kill. 😀
    I freeze the roots in air sealed bags, and some grated already also.
    Yours in pot died ??…. 😀 Well, you are better than me in killing some devilish things :D.

    March 18, 2015 at 3:58 am

  3. Horseradish grows like weeds in my yard. My husband loves it…. me, not so much. 😉

    March 18, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    • Good for him 😀 ..And after all, Why not ?? Some men have to find pleasure some-were or in something …LOL 😀

      March 19, 2015 at 4:59 am

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