About Horseradish Root
Horseradish is a perennial and cruciferous vegetable that has a long, white root and green leaves.
The leaves of horseradish is edible but the plant is mostly cultivated for the roots.
You can buy horseradish year-round in most grocery stores in the United States, and you can also make it easier buying from retailers online through Instacart.
The fresh horseradish roots can be purchased in different sizes from Instacart, usually in 2-inch long sections.
If you’re just new to Instacart, it’s one of the top grocery e-store you can shop fresh produce and get it delivered to your door step.
Depending on your location, you can get your order fulfilled and delivered within five hours or at most the same day you make an order.
To make your day a little easier, you should download the Instacart app and use it to make your purchase.
Navigation is a lot easier than shopping from the website. Simply search for horseradish root in the search box, and you’ll get a list of products as listed by different retailers.
Horseradish root is covered in a thin, brown skin while the fleshy part is white.
When buying horseradish roots online, order for those that are firm, this helps in storage and their shelf life.
The horseradish roots you want to buy should not appear dry, shriveled, have green spots or show signs of mold.
Kindly note that Instacart is just a marketplace where you can buy your fresh produce and other groceries directly from retailers.
You’ll need to select the horseradish root of your choice from the varieties listed.
Once you click on the one you would like to purchase, you’ll see the brand selling the produce, the price, and if it’s sold per weight or quantity.
It’ll also be stated if the produce is available and can be delivered to your location. Personally, i like to get my groceries delivered to a pick-up station near me, and can go to claim it after leaving the office.
How to Use Horseradish Root
Horseradish roots are best used when fresh since heat can reduce the pungent flavor when kept for along period.
Horseradish root can be grated, dried and grounded into powdered form and used as condiment in hearty soups or stews, but it can also roasted or cooked into dishes or tossed into potato salads.
The young horseradish roots are usually used for fresh application. It can be grated, shredded, or minced into sauces and relishes.
You can mix it into mustard, sour cream or mayonnaise, vinegar and used in sandwiches, salads, sauces, baked beans, dressings, and bloody mary.
Horseradish roots also go well with asparagus, potatoes, tomatoes, beets, celery, and parsnips.
How does Horseradish Root Taste?
Horseradish root has a pungent taste and odor. When you cut the vegetable, sinigrin is broken down to allyl isothiocyanate, which gives horseradish the telltale odor and taste.
Eating it can cause sensation in your nose, and tongue, and may also irritate your eyes, and throat.
If you don’t like this sensation, you can neutralize horseradish root with vinegar once it’s grated without losing the flavor.
Horseradish Roots’ Recipes
Making your horseradish gives you the bright and pungent taste and flavor you want, and its bite gives the kick to your spring cooking and summer grilling.
Pick your blender, knife, and your vegetable peeler, white vinegar, sugar and salt, then open the window for better ventilation, and you can also put on a fan.
Peel the horseradish roots, cut into small pieces and blend to your desired consistency but make it very fine so you can have a better pungent flavor.
Now, add your vinegar, salt and sugar immediately before your consistency starts to taste bitter.
You can add horseradish roots to the following recipes
- Serrano cocktail sauce
- Mashed potatoes
- Salmon and parsley gremolata
- Whipped horseradish cream
How to Store Horseradish Root
Clean the vegetable without water, put them in a plastic bag and keep in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator.
The horseradish root can last for months as long as you’ve not cut the produce.
If you’ve cut your horseradish root, however, you can rewrap the rest and keep it the same way. You will only need to cut out the previous cut part before use.
If you want to store it for let’s say 3 months or more, you can also grate horseradish root and freeze it in your refrigerator. It is important you freeze it so horseradish root don’t turn bitter.
If you don’t want to grate it before use, you can cut into small bits pieces, wrap it in a bag and keep in the refrigerator.
You will only need to take bit of the sliced pieces or a chunk of it and use as needed.
You can make it better by putting the cut pieced in a sealable jar, and cover it with vinegar.