Why grow horseradish?
How many years has horseradish been grown in Russia? For many centuries now. Horseradish is a native Russian vegetable plant. They did not know about him in Ancient Rome and in Ancient Greece. The Germans were the first Europeans to meet him, later the French and the British. By the way, the name horseradish comes from the old Russian word “horseradish” – smell. And in all countries this name sounds unchanged.
Horseradish is one of the most unpretentious crops and belongs to the group of winter-hardy plants. It endures harsh, even snowless winters and begins its growth as soon as the soil thaws, and grows until late autumn.
Whoever grows horseradish in his garden knows that it is worth planting it on the site – and this “aggressor” will flood everything around, especially if you decide to dig the soil under it. As a result, from one rhizome you will get a plant hydra. A good hundred new plants will sprout on the site, and each will begin to grow by leaps and bounds. You can get rid of horseradish, except by moving to another garden.
Why breed this extremely prolific culture? The answer is simple: for the unique taste. Horseradish will add spice to pickles, seasonings and vegetable dishes, and the leaves of young plants will spicy any salad. If the horseradish root is finely chopped and boiled, then it will taste like a parsnip root. Horseradish roots can be driven out if they are brought into a warm room for the winter. They will give tender and tasty white leaves.
As you know, horseradish is a perennial plant. It can be left unpotted for years until the core of the plant becomes woody and roots grow. And you can dig up the whole plant every two or three years in the fall, removing the lateral roots, and immediately replant the rest. Large roots (up to 5 cm in diameter) go for processing, and small ones with greenery on top – for reproduction. You can plant it as an annual in the spring, and dig up the roots in the fall.