Armoracia rusticana P. Gaertn. et al.
Plant Family: Brassicaceae
Grated root, seldom leaves
Grated, fresh horseradish is a pungent source of mustard oil. The intact horseradish root has hardly any aroma. When cut or grated, however, enzymes from the now-broken plant cells help create the distinctive aroma of horseradish. Grated mash should be used immediately or preserved in vinegar for best flavor. Once exposed to air or heat it will begin to lose its pungency, darken in color, and become bitter tasting over time, though all beneficial properties are still present in dried material.
Uses And Preparations
Fresh grated root is often combined with apple cider vinegar and honey. Powdered root can be tinctured or encapsulated. Dried horseradish is typically rehydrated when used in a culinary setting, and this mixture in generally twice as strong as using fresh material. Dried horseradish is generally used in uncooked sauces as the volatile oils will evaporate when exposed to heat.
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