Down the Lane - Frugal Living - Natures Free Gifts - Horseradish
Foraging, identifying & uses for Wild Horseradish
Horseradish has been around for 400 years or so. It contains potassium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus which along with very volatile oils makes it quite a pungant plant.
It's great served with smoked fish, you can add it to Mayonnaise and Cream to give them a bit of extra 'kick'.
Where you find it is pot luck really, round here, there's loads for everyone and could be that the field next to us once had a Shephers Cottage in it.
However, it can be found in fields, sides of roads, almost anywhere really.
If in doubt, dig down and pull the root. It will be not dis-similar to a Parsnip, fairly long but sometimes a bit lumpy (see below)
If in doubt, break the root in two and have a smell - you can't mistake it then.
When grating in preparation, beware it has multiple potential of onion smell. I always do this outdoors and down wind !
The plant has a long history of medicinal uses.
Long-keeping horseradish sauce
For the syrup: 1/2 pt white vinegar to 1/2/pt white sugar + a little salt.
By the time you've cut off the rough 'skins', these two would probably make about two medium jars
Nature's Free Gifts
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson ______________________