Horesradish Root (Armoracia rusticana)
Horseradish root is a large, white, root vegetable that is used as a spice. It has a warm spice flavour but, when whole, it has no aroma. But as soon as you cut into it or grate it then you know about it! It has a similar effect to chopping onions, affecting the eyes and the nose.
You can buy horseradish root online. It comes in a jar as a ready to eat sauce. You can buy this with different spice levels depending on your taste. It can also be bought as horseradish root powder which is also used for making sauces. This can sometimes be a little more bitter in flavour.
Antioxidant- Horseradish root is rich in vitamins and minerals. It also contains a good source of phytochemicals such as isothiocyanate and sinigrin, these compounds all have great antioxidant properties which boost the immune system. This spice is rich in vitamin C which also gives the immune system a boost and all this helps to fight free radicals found in the body.
Anti cancer- This root vegetable has a rich source of glucosinolate compounds that are effective in fighting cancer. These glucosinolates are also found to protect plants from toxic conditions, an interesting fact horseradish contains 10 times more glucosinolates than that found in broccoli. Even with small amounts consumed you can get a lot of benefits.
Vitamins- A, C, Folates, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, Pyridoxine, Riboflavin, Thiamin.
Minerals- Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Sodium.
Horseradish can be used washed and unpeeled but I prefer it peeled before use. It is generally grated and used for sauces or even used in salads. Using it in larger chunks is also delicious when cooked in a stew. Horse radish sauce is probably the most recognised use of this spice.
Horseradish sauce is traditionally used in the UK with roast beef and is a delicious condiment, adding its spicy radish flavour. It also blends well with the vegetables too! This sauce is also a tasty ingredient in a roast beef sandwich or with other meats. It is particularly good with chicken. I like to use the sauce with a chicken salad, it tastes fantastic!
1 cup of sour cream
1/2 cup of fresh grated horseradish
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1/2 tea spoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
3 tablespoons fresh chopped flat leaf parsley
Get your blender, and add the horseradish. Blend, then add the sour cream and the Dijon mustard and blend again. Now add the vinegar, salt and pepper and blend again with the chopped flat leaf parsley. Now serve into a bowl with a spoon so each person can help themselves.
Serve with a delicious fresh salad and some roast or barbecued chicken.
Another tip is to eat the salad with some fresh bread and butter, to soak up all those tasty juices!