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Horseradish Plants - Armoracia Rusticana

Horseradish plants, edible roots, is often associated with the sauce, but you can also use the leaves in a salad. Prefers rich deep soil, and will grow in all soil types. Sunny position preferred but not essential.

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Horseradish Plants - Armoracia Rusticana

Horseradish, a root vegetable, is often associated with the sauce, but you can also use the leaves in a salad.  It's similar to a mustard. They prefer rich deep soil, but will grow in all soil types. Sunny position preferred but not essential. Height 1m. Edible leaves, roots are harvested late Autumn/Winter.  Consider containing in a pot if spreading is not desired. Make a dip or some mayonnaise with the roots. Far more uses than just making horseradish sauce, although this is probably the most common!

Supplied as large young plants (See Picture)


Roots are lifted in Winter, washed, scraped and peeled with potato peeler; can then be grated and mixed with mayonnaise or similar for your own horseradish sauce.

  •     Hardy perennial.
  •     Reaches 2 - 3 feet (60 - 100 cm) tall.
  •     Plant in good deep rich soil.
  •     Prefers full sun but will grow anywhere.
  •     White flowers May - July on a tall spike.
  •     Always leave some roots to grow on for the next year.
  •     Harvest roots in Autumn (store in a dark, cool place or in sand).
  •     Vigorous and spreads (so you may prefer to grow in a pot).
  •     Do NOT plant near Aconite (the roots can be confused with potentially fatal results).

Culinary Uses

  •     Leaves can be eaten in salads.
  •     Making horseradish sauce.
  •     Can be grated into dips, coleslaw, cream cheese and mayonnaise.

Medicinal Uses, health benefits

  •     High Vitamin C content.
  •     Has anti-bacterial, diuretic and stimulant properties.
  •     Horseradish and honey when gargled are said to be good for sore throats.
  •     Can be used as a tonic for the liver and spleen.
  •     Can help digestion and wind!
  •     Can ease arthritis, gout, urinary tract infections and sciatica.
  •     Due to the fact that Horseradish increases perspiration it can help with colds and flu.
  •     Can be used to prevent hayfever
  •     The leaves are said to help in the healing of chillblains, cuts and burns.

Other Uses

  •     Can be planted near potatoes to make the tubers more disease resistant.
  •     Can be used as a spray to treat apple trees against brown rot.
  •     The leaves can be chopped into dog food to dispel worms and improve body tone.
  •     Leaves can be boiled for a deep yellow dye.

Simple Preparations and Dosage

The root keeps for several months in a resealable plastic bag in the refrigerator. (Fresh root is superior as a medicine, but commercially prepared radish will do in a pinch.) Grate the radish in a food processor or blender. (You can use a grater, but you may not be able to see what you're grating through your tears.) 

Add honey or sugar and vinegar to taste (about 2 tablespoons honey or sugar and 1 tablespoon vinegar per cup of horseradish). 

If you can tolerate its flavor, spread 1/4 teaspoon of prepared radish on a cracker and eat it, or stir the horseradish in a sip of warm water with a little honey. 

You can make a poultice to treat a wound, or soak a cloth in horseradish tea and apply the cloth to the wound. Discontinue if the skin reddens or causes irritation or a rash. 

Side Effects

Pain in the head, especially behind the root of the nose, is a common but brief side effect. Large, repetitive doses of it may cause stomach upset and even vomiting in some people. Rashes and inflammation may follow topical use. If you experience gastrointestinal distress after eating other sulfur-containing cruciferous vegetables, such as cabbage or broccoli, you may not want to use horseradish. You may experience an upset stomach from even a single small amount.

More Health Uses

Whether it's on a roast beef sandwich or in an herbal preparation, it clears sinuses, increases facial circulation, and promotes expulsion of mucus from upper respiratory passages. It has been used as a medicine for centuries.

Is helpful for sinus infections because it encourages your body to get rid of mucus. One way a sinus infection starts is with the accumulation of thick mucus in the sinuses, which lays out the welcome mat for bacteria: Stagnant mucus is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria to multiply and cause a painful infection. It can help thin and move out older, thicker mucous accumulations; thin, watery mucus is easier to eliminate. If you are prone to developing sinus infections, try taking it the minute you feel a cold coming on to prevent mucus from accumulating in your sinus cavities. Herbalists also recommend it for common colds, influenza, and lung congestion. Incidentally, don't view the increase of mucus production after horseradish therapy as a sign your cold is worsening. The free-flowing mucus is a positive sign that your body is ridding itself of wastes, so bear with it for a day or two.

It has a mild natural antibiotic effect, and it stimulates urine production. Thus, it has been used to treat urinary infections. If you experience chronic urinary, sinus, or other infections, you should know horseradish is considered safe for long-term use. 

Occasionally, it is used topically to alleviate the pain of arthritis and nerve irritation. it also has been used as a poultice to treat infected wounds. However, may redden the skin and cause an irritation or rash.

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