NATIONAL HORSERADISH MONTH
During National Horseradish Month in July, learn about the root vegetable that adds a kick to meat and side dishes.
Edible from leaves to root tip, the horseradish is native to eastern Europe. Historically, the root’s medicinal uses included treatments for pain relief, food poisoning, scurvy, and colic. It was even considered an aphrodisiac.
Horseradish, along with vegetables such as kale and cauliflower, is a member of the mustard family. While often made into a condiment or sauce, it also makes an excellent seasoning. The flavorful root vegetable adds a spicy punch to savory dishes and can even be added to some beverages like a Bloody Mary or Caesar.
The heat comes from a compound called isothiocyanate. Horseradish is at its most aromatic and spiciest when it is raw. Adding vinegar to a recipe will help create a milder heat and bring about a less pungent bite.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Add some horseradish to your meals in July. Whether you’re grilling (it is National Grilling Month) or whipping something up in the kitchen, try prepared horseradish or a powered version. If you have fresh horseradish, consider preserving it for use later in the year. Use #NationalHorseradishMonth to share on social media.
We were unable to identify the source of National Horseradish Month. The observance has taken place since at least 2006.
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