These beautiful leaves belong to the pungent Horseradish plant. They have colored in response to a very cold night.
Horseradish is one of those condiments most of us have eaten but few of us have grown it or even know what it looks like growing.
Horseradish should be given its own patch of ground away from other plants. If pieces of root are left behind after harvesting they will grow and spread.
We grow ours in a deep bucket with lots of great organic potting soil. It takes a few years to get a good size root so make sure the pot is deep enough to allow for growth. A fifteen gallon bucket is a good size.
The root is grated fresh and added to cream or vinegar for table use. It can also be used plain but does discolor quickly. Fall roots tend to be spicier than roots harvested in the spring.
Very young spring leaves can be added to a salad and have a bit of zip to them.
Horseradish would make a nice addition to our Gourmet Herb Garden Six Pack.
This plant is sometimes available in plug trays. These trays hold 128 of all the same plant. They are a great low cost way to fill a lot of space. Each cell is 3/4 of inch by an inch. Check here to see if Horseradish Plug Trays are available.