It's Time to Make Your Own horseradish Sauce!
It's Time to Make Your Own Horseradish Sauce!
If you already grow your own horseradish you will be well aware of the delicious pungency of the real thing as opposed to the weak flavour of supermarket jars. This perennial plant is very hardy and growing it is so easy, in fact rather like mint, once you have it will be there forever so finding it a permanent place is crucial.
This fiery herb thrives in the UK climate and has been in cultivation for more than 3,000 years, it will grow just about anywhere. When grown in rich loamy soil the roots will look a bit like parsnip but in heavier soils they will be knobbly and odd shapes but this doesn't detract from either their flavour or usefulness. To harvest just dig it up, any small section of root left in the ground will form new plants for the following year.
Preparing fresh horseradish root is simple if rather pungent just wash and grate it take care to protect eyes as the fumes will be more fiery than the strongest onion!
Raw grated horseradish added to a little cider vinegar and cream is superb with roast beef. For an even hotter alternative, add to a little cider vinegar and olive oil. The vinegar will stop the grated root discolouring.