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H . . . . . Horseradish

Discussion in 'Ailments & Natural Remedies' started by Snowbaby, Mar 31, 2005.

  1. Snowbaby

    Snowbaby Active Member

    Horseradish

    Description

    Tall perennial glabrous herb, producing a stem up to one meter tall by the second growing season. It produces a large, pungent root and rather large four petaled white flowers typical of its family, the Cruciferae. The genus name is derived from Celtic, and refers to this plants proclivity to live in saline habitats.

    The horseradish is native to eastern Europe and western Asia. Today it is widely cultivated in North America where it sometimes escapes from cultivation to grow along edges and banks.

    Uses

    Horseradish is best known for the firey-flavored condiment made from its root. There are two basic varieties of this sauce, one with vinegar and another with cream.; either way it is especially good with smoked oily fish. Cooking can reduce its flavor. A few of the tender young spring-time leaves may be added to a salad. Medicinally, horseradish has been used externally to treat infected wounds because of its anti-bacterial qualities.

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