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Horseradish



Horseradish

CULTURE: Well-drained, friable soil is best. When roots are received, spade the soil about a foot deep and work in compost, manure, or fertilizer. Hoe a 5-6" deep furrow and plant root cuttings 12-18" apart on a slant, with the flat-cut end up, covering about 2-3". Irrigate if soil is dry and as needed throughout the season. For smoother, larger primary root harvest, carefully remove lateral roots as the crop grows. Replant these for the next crop.
HARVEST: When roots are 8-10" long and 2-3" in diameter. Anytime after hard frost in the fall, lift plants with a spading fork or shovel. Can also be spring dug, before regrowth.
STORAGE: Store trimmed, washed roots in plastic bags or containers in a refrigerator, unwashed roots in root cellar. Ideal temperature is 30-32F (-1-0C).
SAUCE PREPARATION: Wash and peel roots. Outdoors or in a well-ventilated room, grate roots into a bowl. Mix in white vinegar and salt (optional). Store in a tightly capped jar in the fridge.


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THE BENEFITS OF HORSERADISH

Besides the root, almost all the constituents of this plant can be used by man in order to release pain or to treat health disorders, as horseradish is very efficient as an herbal plant. Raw leaves of horseradish pressed against the forehead can chase away almost instantly headache, the root cures tonsillitis, while the tea made from horseradish flowers can treat the most serious cold and flu.

The spicy root of horseradish can be used as a natural treatment against rheumatic disorders and respiratory disorders, especially the superior respiratory ways. It is so beneficial because it is laden with a high amount of vitamin C and B complex, nutritive minerals (potassium, calcium, iron), natural antibiotics, enzymes etc.

The glucosinolates in the root are thought to increase human resistance to cancer. Glucosinolates are plant compounds that occur only in the plants from the mustard family (horseradish, mustard, broccoli, cauliflower etc.) They have powerful antioxidant properties and can also be used to reduce thyroid function and to relieve aching joints. Glucosinolates also act as natural antibiotics against different types of infections because they increase blood flow in the infected area and remove the waste products from that region of the body.

Due to its antibiotic properties, horseradish can cure urinary tract infections and kill bacteria in the throat that cause bronchitis, coughs and related problems.