Mostly seen as ‘Old Fashioned’ Horseradish is making a big comeback as a culinary herb. Its finds its way onto the table at Christnas, and is now more widely found in restaurants where its warming qualities are appreciated more and more. It is also being used as a flavouring in sausages, so the old fashioned herb now has a new lease of life.
Like most herbs, fresh is best, and this is an easy one to grow.
Horseradish plants or ‘Armoracia rusticana’ is a root vegetable that is used for both culinary and medicinal purposes. Growing Horseradish is not difficult and plants can be grown from tubers or roots. Horesradisd can be grown from seed however they are difficult to obtain. Horseradish cream is used widely with Roast Beef. Claimed medicinal and theraputic uses of horseradish are many including as a poltice for infections, arthritis and pleurisy.
‘Armoracia rusticana’ or Horseradish is very easy to grow, it flowers in spring or early summer and in fact it can tend to be a bit of a weed if not kept under control.
You can buy the crowns, or even better just get a piece from a neighbour. What you are after is a root cutting around 6cm long.
Root cuttings are simply layed in the garden at around 3cm deep. You can start them off in containers if you wish.
Keep the cutting moist but not wet until new growth appears.
Leave for around 4 weeks after new growth commences before transplanting.
It will reach around 1.m in height, however it is the fleshy tap root that is the part we are after.
We suggest when growing this in the home garden at you consider sinking half of an old rubbish bin into the ground, with its bottom removed. Don’t worry to much about soil or position, because it will not
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