Whether it’s fighting the flu and respiratory disorders or combating tonsillitis and urinary tract infections, horseradish is a condiment that can help keep you healthy. Nearly every part of the horseradish plant seems to have some medicinal value.
Tea made from its root has been used as an expectorant, while tea brewed from its flowers can be used to fight the common cold A poultice can also be made of its roots to externally treat joint discomfort. In addition, raw leaves of horseradish also fulfill a purpose as a natural analgesic and, pressed against the forehead, can eliminate headache pain. Furthermore, an infusion of horseradish has known antibiotic properties,which have been proven effective against pathogenic fungi.
Horseradish contains significant amounts of cancer-fighting compounds called glucosinolates, which increase the liver’s ability to detoxify carcinogens and may suppress the growth of tumors. Although broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and other cruciferous vegetables also contain these compounds, horseradish has up to 10 times more glucosinolates than broccoli.
Glucosinolates are responsible for the characteristic hot taste of horseradish, wasabi, and mustard. Here are 3 delicious recipes for incorporating horseradish into your diet this winter season.
Whisk together 1/3 cup greek yogurt, 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar, 1 Tbsp grated horseradish, 1 tsp honey, 1 1/2 tsp grated lemon rind, and 1/4 tsp sea salt in a large bowl. Add 2 cups sliced granny smith apple, 1/4 cup sliced red onion, and 12 oz pkg broccoli slaw, toss to coat.
Combine 1/4 cup olive oil, 3 Tbsp white wine vinegar, 1 Tbsp minced fresh parsley, 1 Tbsp minced shallot, 1/2 Tbsp fresh grated horseradish, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1/2 tsp honey and 1/2 tsp sea salt in a jar. cover with lid and shake well to combine.
Sesame Baked Salmon with Horseradish & Dill Sauce
Preheat oven to 400F. Heat 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil in oven proof pan. Sprinkle 4 salmon fillets with 1/2 sea salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper and coat with sesame seeds. Add salmon to pan and cook 4 minutes. Place pan in oven and finish cooking approx. 4-6 minutes based on thickness of fillet. While salmon is cooking, combine 1/2 cup greek yogurt, 2 Tbsp chopped fresh dill, juice of 1/2 lemon, 1/2-1 Tbsp fresh grated horseradish. Serve sauce along with salmon.