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Wild Edible of the Week - Week 2 - "Horseradish"

Botanical name : Armoracia Rusticana

Common name : Horseradish

 

Physical appearance : A medium sized perennial with large, slightly toothed, wavy, dock like leaves. Grows up to 3 foot in height.

Edible parts : Roots - Most likely you will need a spade as the roots can be buried fairly deeply. 

Best places to find : Roadsides, railway embankments, waste ground.

Time of year : All year round although older plant roots get "woody" and loose their nutritional value and pungency/flavour. Ideally this should be harvested in late Summer.

Serving suggestions :Ideally, the roots should be extracted intact and then peeled to reveal the white inner flesh. Once, finely grated, this can be mixed with cream and powdered mustard to produce a delicious sauce which is a great accompaniment to fish and meat.

NB - Please be sure you know what you are picking. Many plants look similar to one another and many can be poisonous! Please seek professional instruction if you are unsure!


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