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What is horseradish?
A: Horseradish is a perennial plant of the family Brassicaceae.

It is a root vegetable, cultivated and used worldwide as a what?
A: A spice and as a condiment.

The species is probably native to where?
A: Southeastern Europe and western Asia.

Horseradish grows up to how tall?
A: 1.5 meters (5 feet).

It has hairless bright green unlobed leaves up to how long that may be mistaken for docks?
A: 1 m (3 ft 3 in).


It is cultivated primarily for its what?
A: Large, white, tapered root.

The white four-petalled flowers are what?
A: Scented and are borne in dense panicles.

Established plants may form what?
A: Extensive patches and may become invasive unless carefully managed.

Intact horseradish root has little what?
A: Aroma.

When cut or grated, enzymes from within the plant cells digest sinigrin (a glucosinolate) to produce allyl isothiocyanate (mustard oil), which does what?
A: It irritates the mucous membranes of the sinuses and eyes.


Once exposed to air or heat, horseradish loses its what?
A: Pungency, darkens in color, and develops a bitter flavor.

Where does a mural show the plant?
A: in Pompeii.

Both root and leaves were used as a traditional what during the Middle Ages?
A: Medicine.

Where was the root used as a condiment on meats?
A: In Germany, Scandinavia, and Britain.

When was it was introduced to North America?
A: During European colonization; both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson mention horseradish in garden accounts.


Native Americans used it to do what?
A: Stimulate the glands, stave off scurvy, and as a diaphoretic treatment for the common cold.

Horseradish is perennial in what hardiness zones?
A: Zones 2–9 and can be grown as an annual in other zones.

What is done after the first frost in autumn kills the leaves?
A: The root is dug and divided.

The main root is harvested, and one or more large offshoots of the main root are what?
A: Replanted to produce next year's crop.

Horseradish left undisturbed in the garden spreads how?
A: Via underground shoots and can become invasive.


What is the pungent ingredient in fresh horseradish sauce?
A: Allyl isothiocyanate.

The allyl isothiocyanate serves the plant as a what?
A: A natural defense against herbivores.

Cooks may use the terms "horseradish" or "prepared horseradish" to refer to what?
A: The mashed (or grated) root of the horseradish plant mixed with vinegar.

Prepared horseradish is what color?
A: White to creamy beige in color.

The leaves of the plant are what?
A: Edible, either cooked or raw when young, with a flavor similar but weaker than the roots.


A variation of horseradish sauce, which in some cases may substitute the vinegar with other products like lemon juice or citric acid, is known in Germany as what?
A: Tafelmeerrettich.

In the US, the term "horseradish sauce" refers to what?
A: Grated horseradish combined with mayonnaise or salad dressing.

In Denmark it is mixed with what?
A: Whipping cream and as such used on top of traditional Danish open sandwiches with beef (boiled or steaked) slices.

Prepared horseradish is a common ingredient in type of cocktails?
A: Bloody Mary’s.

Horseradish cream is a mixture of what?
A: Horseradish and sour cream and is served au jus for a prime rib dinner.

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