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Scientific Name: Armoracia rusticana

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Armoracia rusticana
Armoracia rusticana


  • Perennial
  • Upright perennial, thick taproot and broad, oblong serrated leaves.
  • Bears tiny white flowers in terminal racemes in early summer.
  • Mustard family.
  • Plant it in a sinked basin in the ground - difficult to eradicate when established because bits of root left in the ground grow into new plants.
  • Hardy.
  • Full sun/ partial shade.

Culinary Uses

  • Grate taproot using a food processor to prevent your eyes watering.
  • Discard central core, grate only the amount needed.
  • H/R sauce made with milk or oil and vinegar - traditional condiment for roast beef, smoked fish, asparagus.
  • H/R cream: Fold into whipped cream, yogurt or sour cream and season with salt, sugar and a little vinegar.
  • Don't grate until just before serving or it will loose it's flavor.
  • Serve with ham, on baked potatoes or cold meats.
  • Add grated H/R to coleslaw, dips, sauces, pickled beets, cream cheese, mayonnaise and avocado filling.
  • Blended with butter and chilled - an alternative to garlic butter to accompany grilled steak.
  • Crushed young leaves have a mild pleasant flavour - add to salads and sandwiches.
  • Use older leaves in sauces and curries.

Parts Used

  • Roots - lifted autumn. Store in damp sand. Wrap in paper bag - stay fresh for about 2 weeks in fridge.
  • Freeze grated root in polythene bags, use as required.
  • Grate into white vinegar (red wine or cider vinegar discolors the root).

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Richer in Vitamin C than lemon/orange.
  • High levels of sulphur, potassium.
  • Internally:
  • Digestive, diuretic, controls bacterial infections.
  • Sciatica, urinary infections, respiratory and circulatory stimulant, expectorant with antibiotic properties.
  • Ointment with the root for arthritis sufferers.
  • Immediate relief to blocked sinuses - snuff finely grinded root - start with a very small pinch.
  • Not given to patients with kidney or thyroid problems, stomach ulcers.
  • Avoid continuous large doses when pregnant or suffering from kidney problems.

Other Uses

  • Cosmetic:
  • Root: Slice, infuse in milk - lotion to improve skin clarity.
  • Express juice, mix with white vinegar - use to lighten freckles.
  • Companion planting:
  • Improves the disease resistance of potatoes.
  • Root: Infuse, dilute 4 times and spray apple trees against brown rot.
  • Leaves: infuse and spray against brown rot, mildew and fungi development on pumpkin, roses and bergamot.
  • Pets:
  • De-wormer for dogs, to improve body tone: Add ½ -1 tbs. grated horse radish to their food. / Leaf: Chop finely into dog food.
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