Well-watered #horseradish has survived several #heatwaves and hot, windy days this summer. The original #plant is over three years old and I hope to dig up several large #roots at the end of autumn.
The #root needs to be grated to release the pungent mustard oil, and is traditionally served with fatty meats and sausages. Horseradish stimulates and cleanses the digestive system and prevents constipation. It also has #antiviral , #antifungal and #antibacterial properties and is frequently incorporated in #firetonics .
This is also why fresh horseradish leaves were used to wrap meat and cheese to protect them from spoiling; rising sourdough is left to ferment and then baked on a layer of leaves. Pieces of root and leaves are added to #fermented#vegetables and #pickles .