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HORSERADISH GROWING INFORMATION
© Frances Michaels
BOTANICAL NAME: Armoracia rusticana
syn. A. lapathifolia
Brassicaceae syn. Cruciferae
A perennial to 1.5m high on a tapering, fleshy taproot to 60 cm long and 5 cm thick, it has large basal leaves,
30-100 cm long, with toothed margins. The white flowers appear mid-summer to mid-autumn. It tolerates damp soils
and grows vigorously. It does best in temperate climates, to the point of becoming an 'edible weed' in some
gardens. In warmer, more humid areas it can still be productive but is prone to attack by caterpillars in autumn.
In tropical zones it is unlikely to do well, Horseradish tree is a good alternative. It should be planted in a
permanent position and not be disturbed as new plants will arise from any broken roots and it would quickly
become invasive if cultivated.
the fresh roots are used for flavouring meats, vegetables and pickles. They
are also processed into sauce and vinegar. Young leaves have a pleasant flavour and can be added to salads or
cooked as a potherb. Sprouted seeds are eaten in salads. Roots can be brought indoors in winter and forced into
producing white, tender, sweet leaves. In Germany, sliced roots are cooked like parsnips.
this deep rooted plant can be used in orchards to open up compacted
soils and return nutrients to the surface of the soil.
Recommended planting time:
by root or crown division in spring or autumn. Take root cuttings 60mm
long or shorter, if plant material is limited. Lay the cuttings
horizontally in a prepared garden site or a styrofoam box filled with
potting mix. The cuttings should be buried 3 cm deep. Keep moist until
the first leaves appear.
space 50cm apart
- 4 tablespoons grated horseradish
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 300 ml fresh cream
Mix the grated horseradish with the lemon juice, cover and leave to stand for 10 minutes. Then stir in the sugar and
leave to stand again. Finally mix in the cream.
Not to NORFOLK ISLAND, NT, SA, TAS or WA
SORRY but due to quarantine restrictions between Australian States no plants at all can be ordered
by residents of Norfolk Island
. These restrictions are very important as they prevent
the spread of plant pests and diseases. No potatoes, garlic, shallots, strawberries or tubestock
can be sent to South Australia
. No tubestock can be sent to
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