Magazine article Sunset

The Most Pungent Horseradish? Grow Your Own. It's Easy

Magazine article Sunset

The Most Pungent Horseradish? Grow Your Own. It's Easy

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To get the most pungent horseradish--the best, according to aficionados--you start with fresh horseradish root. Supermarkets occasionally sell fresh roots, but horseradish, though a coarse and rather weedy-looking plant, is easy to grow.

At a nursery, buy roots with crowns this month (later in coldest climates). Or, at a market, buy a horseradish root, then cut it into 4- to 5-inch pieces.

Pick a spot in full sun. This is a deep-rooted perennial, so prepare the ground to 2 feet down if you can. Dig in plenty of organic matter (such as compost), plus rotted manure, if available.

Use a stake or hoe handle to poke a hole about 3 inches deeper than the length of the root piece; drop the chunk into the hole, thin end down; refill. Space holes a foot apart. Once you can see the plant growing, water deeply but infrequently.

By fall, you can start digging roots. After that, harvest horseradish year-round. Dig outside roots first, leaving the main part of the plant intact. Use a spading fork to lessen chances of damaging other roots.

This recipe yields about 3 cups of prepared horseradish. …

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