Spicy, Healing Horseradish


| 4/7/2014 1:04:00 PM


My earliest memories of horseradish (Cochlearia Armoracia) include my mother's mother digging it up in late August. She would grind it up and share her plentiful batches with the neighbors, who would add it to everything from sauer krat to meat loaf. Everyone recognizes the pungent taste of this common plant. It can be found in many mayo-based sauces to complement meats heavy in fat content, like pork

Horseradish, from: https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/hn-2111007#hn-2111007-uses

The medicinal part of this plant is the root. WebMD.com lists these as other names for the peppery root:

Amoraciae Rusticanae
Radix
Armoracia lopathifolia
Armoracia rusticana
Cochlearia armoracia
Cran de Bretagne
Cranson
Grand Raifort
Great Raifort
Meerrettich
Mountain Radish
Moutarde des Allemands
Moutarde des Capucins
Moutardelle
Nasturtium armoracia
Pepperrot
Rábano Picante
Rábano Rústico
Radis de Cheval
Raifort
Raifort Sauvage
Red Cole
Rorippa armoracia

No one seems to know the exact origin of the plant, but it became rather popular during the middle ages in the Nordic and Germanic regions. By the 1600's it had spread to England where it garnered its common name Horseradish. Horse meaning coarse, in ordering to distinguish it from the common radish. It is a member of the Cruciferae family as is broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, etc. It is cold tolerant and can be planted early on in the spring.



Healing Properties of Horseradish

This spicy root has been used for respiratory ailments. The famed Dr. Christopher suggested using Horseradish for sinus ailments. He advised holding a bit of the pungent root in the mouth until the taste was gone. Anyone that has ever eaten it knows the root's ability to make the sinuses instantly drain. Even today, it is in many remedies for respiratory complaints and allergies.



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