I had an allotment where we lived in the Southwest of England. On the allotment I inherited a lovely horseradish. I had to leave my horseradish when I gave up my plot there because it was going to be several years before I would have a place to transplant it.
It was our first growing season last year at the new house and I have been slowly working in my more permanent plants/trees. It came with a pear tree and we have added an apple in the front and a cherry in the back. Late in that first season (last year), I began to price up horseradish roots and they are not cheap when you buy them from a nursery. I just wanted one.
I hummed and hawed and kept thinking I will keep looking until I can find an affordable one. Ten pounds may not seem like much but for a single or even a couple of basic weed roots that is pretty pricey in my book. My patience paid off and I saw a basket full of them at the supermarket -Morrison’s to be exact. Two pounds each. I almost danced out of the store with my prize and the rest of my shopping. I had my root and I had it cheap.
I got it home and immediately skewed it and put it in a pint glass to root.
It took several weeks but roots and shoots finally appeared. I planted it when it had some good foliage.
Second year on and my lovely little snappy flavored weed is doing lovely.
Everyone knows the root of horseradish is what you grow it for but I also like the leaves. They are refreshingly peppery in a horseradish way but much milder they also have an earthy bitterness which is not everyone’s cup of tea but I love earthy flavors. They add a great tang to salad. lovely mixed in mixed steamed greens and I have even dried them and added them ground fine to my own seasonings for soups.