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Horseradish: Health Aspects and Application

  1. Many people are familiar with horseradish and certainly the people who regularly work in the kitchen are familiar with it. In the kitchen, horseradish is quite pungent and in the garden it is a beautiful plant with sweet little white flowers. It is also healthy. How healthy is horseradish and how do you use horseradish in the kitchen?

Horseradish, the base

  1. The horseradish, also called Armoracia rusticana, is a plant from the finial family. The plant is particularly known for its white pen-shaped root. That white pen-shaped root is the famous horseradish. The plant forms large pointed leaves with long stems and in May beautiful white flowers appear.

Where is it applied?

  1. The plant can be traced back to about 1000 years before Christ. The Greeks and Romans already used horseradish in their diet. Jewish cuisine also frequently uses horseradish as a seasoning. Horseradish has also been discovered in Europe, as well as in the United States. In Japan there is a kind of "counterpart", namely wasabi.

The taste of horseradish

  1. The carrot has a fairly sharp peppery flavor. One loves it and the other can't get it away. Especially with horseradish this is very diverse. The sharp substance is released by crushing the root. The taste can quickly decline, but you can counteract this by mixing it with some vinegar.

How healthy is horseradish?

  1. Horseradish is certainly healthy. It contains the following vitamins and minerals, namely:

When not horseradish?

  1. Only people with notorious stomach problems are not recommended to eat horseradish, for example if you have a lot of heartburn. It is also not recommended if you have a reduced thyroid gland.

How do you use horseradish in your food?

  1. Save It starts with getting fresh horseradish at home, most greengrocers have it in their range. Always peel or grate only what you need at that moment. You do the rest in damp kitchen paper in the refrigerator. In principle, it cannot be stored for longer than one week.

Taste maker

  1. You eat horseradish not so much as a dish, but as a seasoning: grated, thinly peeled, crushed into powder or cut into cubes. You can apply a seasoning in different ways, but you usually see horseradish in soups, sauces (especially fish sauce is known for using horseradish) and stews. Horseradish can also work great in tasty fresh raw vegetable salads. Horseradish can be used with both red meat and fish. If you want to make it even more eye-catching, try applesauce with some grated horseradish.


  1. Horseradish is more versatile than many people think. In the kitchen it is a matter of applying and accepting that it has a somewhat different taste. Furthermore, horseradish is very healthy and those with a (vegetable) garden can grow their own horseradish just like that.

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