Horseradish Growing Bitter - Knowledgebase Question

Ogdensburg, NY
Question by frogplay
April 16, 2000
I am having problems with growing horseradish. It has become bitter. Is it lacking a mineral in the soil, should it be moved. Please help.

Answer from NGA
April 16, 2000


Horseradish needs a deep, rich moist soil rich in organic matter to grow its best. It grows best in the cooler months of fall and is usually harvested then. You might find that the time of year makes a difference in flavor, the amount of moisture it receives makes a difference and that the smaller side roots are better. However, horseradish is naturally bitter and was in fact included in the five "bitter herbs" eaten at the Passover meal in ancient times.

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