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Armoracia rusticana

Alsatian: Meeretisch, Meerradi
Danish: Peberrod
Dutch: Mierikswortel, Mierik, Boereradijs
French: Raifort
German: Kren, Meerrettich
Hungarian: Torma, Közönséges torma
Italian: Barbaforte, Cren, Rafano
Polish: Chrzan pospolity
Portuguese: Raiz-forte
Russian: Khrjen
Spanish: Taramago, Rábano picante
Swedish: Pepparrot


16th century: horse, meaning "strong," + radish (from Latin radix, "root").

Similarly, the German word Meerrettich literally means "more radish," referring to the strong flavor of horseradish as compared to the garden-variety radish (Raphananus sativus).

General information
Horseradish is a large herbaceous plant that grows 40 to 80 cm (16 to 32") high, a member of the Cruciferae family, originally from Eastern Europe, grown for its hot-flavored root used primarily as a condiment. It contains the same compound (sinigrin) as black mustard. Horseradish has very large lanceolate, often notched, leaves, 10 to 30 cm (4 to 12").


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