Good enough to eat

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

Horseradish This fiery veg­etable makes the horseradish sauce that goes so well with roast beef and, in more re­cent times, has be­come pop­u­lar in may­on­naise to ac­com­pany smoked sal­mon dishes.

It’s easy to grow but is best cul­ti­vated in a bot­tom­less bucket as it’s an in­va­sive peren­nial with deep roots which re­grow when they are bro­ken off.

Buy the plants from spe­cial­ist herb nurs­eries, dig a hole to house the bot­tom­less bucket, leav­ing 2.5cm of the bucket above the sur­face so the roots are con­tained.

Re­fill the bucket with com­post and push a cane into the soil to make a hole, then feed a sin­gle long, thin root into it, leav­ing the tip at ground level.

Plant three roots 60cm apart in a tri­an­gu­lar shape for a good clump. You need to wait two years be­fore col­lect­ing your first crop to al­low strong roots to de­velop.

Dig up one plant in the au­tumn, when the flavour is strongest, and keep back one long ‘thong’ from the root to re­plant and re­place its par­ent.

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