After a season of caring for your
plant, it's time for the benefits of your labor!
- When the leaves have been killed by frost (late fall in warmer
zones) loosen the soil around the horseradish with a pitchfork then lift out the root.
- Shake off any remaining dirt. Wash and dry the root.
One-year old horseradish
root, dug up & leaves removed.
Same root, divided into 4
pieces -big one to use & 3 to replant for next year's
- Sections of root that are around 3/4 inch in diameter and
approx. 10 inches long can be replanted for your next year's crop.
Cut the top of the root off square, trim the bottom of the root at
an angle, so you remember which end is the bottom!
Left end is cut at an
angle, indicating bottom of root for replanting
- If you live in a warmer zone where the
ground temperature stays above 40ºF all year, grow horseradish
as an annual. Store the roots that are to be replanted next
season in the fridge (40ºF to 32ºF) until spring - they
need a cool rest period to simulate winter. Horseradish can be
stored in the refrigerator for 6-8 months. Store your horseradish in a loosely wrapped
plastic bag to prevent the root from drying out.
How to Prepare:
- Dormant roots have the most flavor! If the root has a greenish tint or leaves are sprouting there will be very little flavor. If this is the case, place the root into a plastic bag and refrigerate for 2 weeks before processing. The flavor of horseradish diminishes rapidly with time, that's why it can't be stored very long once processed. After you
dice or grate the root, cover it with white vinegar to prevent oxidation of the flavor. Timing is important here ... the longer you wait to add the vinegar, the hotter it will be! For less-hot horseradish add the vinegar 1-2 minutes after processing, for more-hot wait up to 6-8 minutes. You will not taste much of the vinegar.
- The whole root can be grated at once and stored in a jar filled
with white vinegar but it will not retain full flavor for too long.
It is better to grate an inch or two off the bottom of the root as
needed. Otherwise prepare as your recipe requires.
- Be sure you stay upwind as you grate, the fumes are quite
strong! Try to go outside or work near an open window.
- Store any unused portion of root in the fridge in a loose
plastic bag, or it will turn green and grow leaves.
- For a simple cocktail sauce, mix to your taste with chili sauce
and serve with seafood. Mix with sour cream for a chip dip; add to
any mustard for Dijon style; serve grated with meats, or as your
- The amount of horseradish in any recipe can be varied to suit
your taste. The best thing to do is experiment! Visit our
How to grow page to see how easy
it is for you to grow your very own Horseradish
Food always tastes better ... when you grow it