Growing your own horseradish is a simple business. Best of all, once you grow a bit you'll have it, for free, forever. Now that's what I call sustainable gardening! Horseradish is simple to prepare, preserve and make sauces with, so if you enjoy horseradish with beef or lamb, or just in your mashed potatoes why not grow your own. You don't even need a garden, just enough space for a pot and you can grow your own supply. What are you waiting for?
How to Grow Horseradish
In mid winter to early spring buy a little fresh horseradish root from your local grocer.
Plant two inch sections of horseradish any way up you like but flat is best, in a tall pot filled with well rotted compost. Plant in the ground if you've lots of room but prepare for it to spread about your plot. A section of drainage pipe is the best thing to plant in, as it will encourage long straight roots and prevent the plant taking over your garden!
That's it - water if it gets very dry in the summer and watch it flourish.
Horseradish is a very rigorous plant but isn't a fan of hot sun, so if you live somewhere blessed with hot sunny summers, keep your horseradish in dappled shade.
Through the summer you can eat fresh young horseradish leaves in your salads.
In late autumn when all the leaves have died back dig up the horseradish, reserving a few sections to be replanted for next year's crop.
How to Preserve Horseradish
If you don't want to eat all your horseradish in one go the best thing to do is preserve some. If you tackle this job when the roots are fresh from the ground you'll find the flesh softer and peel thinner to deal with.
Scrub and peel the roots.
Grate finely, being careful not to breathe in too many horseradish fumes - its eye-watering stuff!
Mix with vinegar, salt & sugar. For every 3 tbsp of horseradish add 1tbsp white wine vinegar, 1tsp sugar and a pinch of salt.
Decant the mixture into sterilised jars, seal and refrigerate.
This preserved horseradish will keep for up to six months, stored in the refrigerator. You can use it as it is, or mix up with cream, mayonnaise, creme fresh or yogurt to create your own horseradish sauce.
Don't just eat your horseradish with beef, its great with oily fish, cabbage, potatoes, coleslaw and loads of other things too!
For more ideas and help growing and preserving horseradish.
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