Horseradish Root

Horseradish roots if not harvested for many years can reach 10' long.


Look for well-formed, similarly shaped roots that are hard and free of soft spots and bruises. The root may develop soft or moldy spots that won't affect its quality; scrape them off.

If you harvest too early it will not have a strong and spicy kick.  Young leaves will have a sharp and peppery taste and can be used in salads.  You can harvest before the ground freezes.


Harvest just what you want to use at a time. Wrap in a damp paper towel, place in a plastic bag, and refrigerate for several weeks, or store in a perforated plastic bag in the refrigerator for a few weeks. If you want to keep the roots longer, put them in a wooden box covered with damp sand, and keep in a cool dark place 32-40 F and they will last for a few months.


  • Antioxidants: Horseradish is rich in antioxidants, which can help protect cells from damage
  • Cancer prevention: Early studies suggest that horseradish may prevent the growth of colon, lung, and stomach cancer cells
  • Anti-inflammatory: Horseradish root has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help treat acute sinusitis, bronchitis, and urinary bladder infections
  • Mucus clearance: Horseradish's high sulfur levels can help clear sinus passages and mucus
  • Weight loss: Horseradish is low in calories and high in fiber, and it contains isothiocyanates that can speed up metabolism
  • Digestion: Horseradish helps with digestion by triggering the gallbladder to release bile
  • Immunity: Horseradish's antioxidants and high vitamin C content can promote a healthy immune system.
  • Diuretic: Horseradish is a potent diuretic that aids in the flushing of toxins from your liver and kidneys 
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