Unsurpassed Destiny with Remarkable Horseradish
Where do you stand on horseradish? It’s pungent intensity definitely renders it one of those love it or leave it kind of foods. For some, it’s not even pronounceable. I’m referring to the German “meerrettich” — all that for a ‘radish’ or root that grows by the sea. One bite of the prepared version, used typically in cocktail sauce to dip shrimp or as a condiment for a rib roast, is enough to clear sinuses. But, that robust flavor, accompanied by an oddly sweet heat, is warming and healing too. Kitchology Eat.Better offers this condiment as a great pungent substitution.
Horseradish is actually a member of the Brassicaceae family. This is turn means it’s closely related to wasabi, mustard, cabbage and broccoli although closer to the former two than the latter. When the thick, white root (the active ingredient) is sliced, the the broken down plant cells release enzymes that in turn break down the sinigrin found in the root. This action releases mustard oil, a pungent irritating chemical that affects the sinuses and eyes when sniffed. That spicy blast is popularly used to flavor any number of dishes.
Where did horseradish take root? Though, here in the West, we use it for culinary practices. It’s been rooted in Southern Europe and Western Asia culture for thousands of years practiced and benefitting many in a medicinal capacity in the East. One exception is horses. It’s actually toxic to them.
Value and Benefits Of Horseradish
Beyond that pungent odor, horseradish is teeming with nutrients and phytochemicals. It works so well as a food additive. Beyond these benefits, check out its dietary fiber, vitamin-C, folate, potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and manganese. In addition, it contains organic chemicals composed of enzymes and oils, like sinigrin, a powerful glucosinolate. These components work together to provide the health benefits explained below.
Want to lose weight? Stimulate your digestion with this bitter herb! Some of its other reported wide ranging effects are: lowers blood pressure, alleviates respiratory conditions, builds strong bones plus improves your immune system. Most notably, horseradish can prevent cancer due to its extremely high levels of glucosinolates.
Ready to embrace those incredible attributes? This recipe aka, the “Sinus Plumber” is one way to help get you started. Do be cautious breathing it in though. Those powerful fumes will clear nose mucus congestion and chest congestion but it won’t be a casual sniff. Also, check out this recipe for homemade horseradish. Mix the root with sugar, salt and vinegar then let your food processor do the rest.
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