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How to Grow Horseradish

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • If you love a little (or a lot of) flavor on your sandwiches and other kitchen concoctions, horseradish never fails to please, as the unique flavor imparts its own distinctive rush of heat to tickle your nasal passages
  • Horseradish is quite easy to grow, and as a perennial plant, it comes back year after year, tolerating cold with little trouble and growing well in partial shade for a fall, winter or spring harvest
  • Even fans of the peppery root may be unaware that horseradish has been used as a medicinal herb for helping to clear a stuffy nose, but far beyond that, isothiocyanates are potent against several carcinogens
  • Horseradish tea is sometimes used as a preventive fungicide on fruits and other plants plagued by fungal diseases
  • You can purchase horseradish sauce nearly anywhere, but it can get expensive and worse, be laced with preservatives and sweeteners that are neither necessary nor desirable

You can get a 6-ounce jar of extra hot, "feels like your hair is falling out" Atomic brand horseradish sauce on Amazon for $5.99. If you're a horseradish lover, that might not be a problem, but can you imagine growing your own spicy horseradish roots to produce your own horseradish sauces, saving money and learning the tricks of this easy-to-propagate, fast-growing crop?

Horseradish tolerates nearly every climate, but generally requires full sun or part shade. Starting with "crowns" or roots acquired either by a generous gardening friend, the supermarket or nursery, these are best planted in the spring for harvesting in fall, winter and the following spring. For one household, three plants is usually all you need to rustle up some tantalizingly tasty heat for any number of dishes, or a simple spread for sandwiches.

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