Originating from modern-day Russia, western Asia, and southeastern Europe, it's known for its medicinal and culinary uses.
Horseradish is propagated using root cuttings, also known as "sets". These sets are planted at a 45-degree angle, with the square-cut end higher than the angled end.
Horseradish thrives in full sun and requires loose, well-drained soil. It needs about two inches of water per week and benefits from a mild, balanced fertilizer.
Common types have broad, crinkled leaves and superior-quality roots, while Bohemian types offer better disease resistance.
Horseradish is relatively pest-resistant but can be affected by diseases like Leaf Spot, Rust, and Turnip Mosaic Virus.
Harvest the long, white, tapered roots in late fall or winter, once frost has killed the leaves. The roots can be stored in a cool, dark place or in the refrigerator for several months.
Horseradish root can be used to spice up cocktails, hummus, scrambled eggs, salads, and fish. Its pungent flavor adds a unique punch to your favorite dishes.