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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