Vegetable garden

Horseradish: a root vegetable that does not lack spiciness


Horseradish in summary :

Latin name : Armoracia rusticana
Common name : Horseradish
Family : Crucifers, Brassicaceae
Type : Root vegetable

Height : 50 cm to 1 m
Planting distance : every 30 to 40 cm
Exposure : Sunny to partial shade
Ground : All types, well drained

Planting : March April
Harvest : October to February

Horseradish is a condiment plant cultivated for its root. White in color and rough to the touch, its powerful taste somewhat reminiscent of mustard and will perfectly season your recipes.

Planting horseradish

Rustic, resistant and not very restrictive, this perennial plant is very easy to grow and adapts to any situation, provided the soil is sufficiently draining. So there is no planting constraints particular. You just have to plant your feet in March, April, spacing them 30 to 40 cm.
For multiply this root vegetable, a trick is to collect a fragment of the root (with a bud) when harvesting and then replant it.

Important note: Horseradish can be an invasive plant that is difficult to control. Choose carefully where to grow it.

Cultivation and maintenance

To grow well, this condiment plant does not require no special care. The only thing to do is to cut the leaves in mid-autumn, these are not frost resistant.

Harvest and conservation

Harvest

It is carried out in autumn and in winter. To harvest horseradish, just clear the foot without digging it up with a garden fork. Then, cut some root fragments, then fill the hole while waiting for the next sample.

Conservation

If you have collected more roots than necessary, you can save them for a few weeks. in a ventilated and frost-free place.

Diseases and pests

Very resistant, horseradish is not prone to pests. On the other hand, he may suffer from cabbage hernia which is a mushroom (Plasmodiophora brassicae) attacking the roots of Brassicaceae.
If your foot is affected (withered or reddened leaves, deformed roots or covered with galls), then you must remove it and wait at least 7 years before you can grow vegetables from the same family as horseradish (Brassicaceae) again.

Horseradish in the kitchen

Excellent condiment and vegetable go anywhere, it can be cooked in all sauces. It is also in this type of preparation that it will reveal all its taste potential to enhance your dishes. It can therefore go well with fish and meat, or even add a bit of spice to your salads once grated.

Out of ideas? Try our Pompadour salad recipe with fresh goat cheese and beetroot, horseradish sauce. A real treat !

Did you know ?

The wasabi that we find on the plates of Japanese restaurants comes from the Wasabia japonica, who is none other than a cousin of our horseradish. It is also called the japanese horseradish.


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