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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Horseradish Health Benefits

Do you like horseradish? I do and so do my children. When the older two were three and five, we ate at a place called Sir Beef in Kentucky. The ex hated horseradish and could not stand to be in the car with the three fire-breathers. Arby's is the only place I can think of that is like Sir Beef, except that Sir Beef had a stronger sauce.

I read that most Chinese restaurants use horseradish instead of wasabi. That may or may not be true. At any rate, the hot sauce is delish to me. People warn me and then wonder how I can use so much.

When I have a sinus problem that otc medicine and hot broth does not seem to cure, I suck the Horsey Sauce packages from Arby's. I still use all my other otc and hot chicken broth.

My pharmacist told me that horseradish has antibacterial properties. That was enough for me! I now have  horseradish root about five inches long that cost me $5. from Publix. This bit of root will be used judiciously!

I read this article and another from Mother Earth News,  here, one from WebMD and others. I am convinced. I read several ways to prepare it after grating. Horseradish grated into sour cream to serve with beef seems palatable. However, the grated horseradish will go into a bit of Greek yogurt I have.

Horseradish helps with recurrent UTIs and sinusitis. There are claims it helps with cancer and gout, among other things. It works for so many other conditions, including strep. Right now, fixing the sinus congestion is my goal. It is an ancient remedy.

A new plant will grow from the root. Maybe mine will from a bit of this root. Since it is an invasive plant, it needs to grow in a pot. Fall is the time to dig up the root and plant, so maybe I should wait until then. Maybe I can find someone who will give me a starter root.

Your turn
Has anyone had experience growing horseradish? Have you used it medicinally with benefits? Do you use it freshly grated on grilled steaks?











15 comments:

  1. I very much like horseradish, which I mix in various drinks and condiments. I like proper radish, no rubbish - not the creamy glop often found in little glass jars.

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    1. Ur-spo,
      You buy and grate the root yourself? I liked the stuff in jars until I saw how far down on the ingredient list it was!

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    2. That is why I always read labels for proper horseradish.
      I have never grated any, alas.

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  2. I LOVE horseradish! I especially like wasabi, but also love the domestic variety and Chinese horseradish as well. I've never thought of growing my own, but I'm going to start looking for it at our farmer's market - I have no idea whether it grows here or not.

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    1. nomad,
      I think it grows in zones 2-9.

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  3. Love it. Freshly grated and on cheese sandwiches. And in lots of other dishes too.

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  4. EC,
    On cheese sandwiches sounds delicious. Thanks.

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  5. Garlic, onions and horseradish are atvthe top of my food list. But I confess I buy the ground stuff in the little glass jar. I have two squeeze bottles in my fridge, one with horsey sauce and one with cocktail sauce, both with enough horseradish to blow your head off.

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    1. carol,
      I did not know it came ground in a jar. In the spice section or produce section? Yes, garlic and onions are great, although I ate something with raw, red onions and could not eat the product. I like the blow-your-head-off feeling.

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  6. I love anything holistic but horseradish and I don't get along so well. ;p

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    1. Sonya Ann,
      Many of my friends share your opinion.

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    2. It's one of those thing that I wish I could like but I can't force myself. I cause myself problems. LOL

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    3. Sonya Ann,
      Don't we all cause ourselves some problems. Don't force yourself.

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  7. Linda my store carries it in the case with cottage cheese and half n half. I thought this was the product Urs po was disparaging.

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    1. carol,
      I will have to look for that. Thanks.

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