Horseradish, a member of the mustard family, is an ancient perennial herb grown for its long rough spicy roots. It has a hot sharp strong taste.
Horseradish is a bitter herb traditionally eaten for observance of Passover Seders.
Fresh horseradish quickly loses its spicy flavor once grated. So, peel and grate only what you need for your dish. For store-bought, in a jar, Horseradish; keep it cold (refrigerated) to keep it hot in taste. Once opened, use it up within a month.
Because of its similar hot sharp taste characteristics, Wasabi is considered the Japanese version of this herb; however, the two are different plants.
Also, Horseradish is not a radish, and it has nothing to do with horses.
It is indigenous to Eastern Europe. Its name is derived from a Germanic name that referred to a "sea radish."
Today, over two-thirds of commercially produced Horseradish is grown in southern Illinois along the Mississippi River.
Horseradish is good for foods like: beef, beets, cottage cheese, fish, ham, meatloaf, potatoes, soups - Bortsch, and venison.
It is Glucosinolate-rich; fights cancer and bacteria; and, is a good source of calcium, potassium, and vitamin C which helps the body to maintain collagen.
Horseradish actually has more vitamin C than citrus fruits like oranges and lemons.
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