Originally published May 24, 2016
The key to flavor and health is in the horseradish.
You may be surprised, but a lot of your friends secretly love horseradish, and when you bring it up they'll be happy share the ways. It just isn't a topic that generally enters everyday conversation. However, recent research confirming horseradish's ability to fight cancer means the subject of horseradish is about to get a lot more popular.
Like any food product, it takes crossing paths with one you absolutely love to become more curious. Sometimes you even meet the product before you meet its plant source, which is often the case with condiments. One taste of Arizona-based horseradish maker, Grate Roots, and suddenly horseradish elevates to a new level of interest.
Stephanie Sherman, an entrepreneur for over 20 years, has a passion for horseradish. Born in Chicago to a family of food enthusiasts, her own love of food flourished. The premium horseradish she crafts through her company Grate Roots, evolved from this passion along with a desire to make a better, more healthful product.
Through inventive flavors, Stephanie makes horseradish accessible to all palates. She combines infuses her recipes with fresh beets, citrus or lime and chops the horseradish to achieve an artisanal texture. Grate Roots is not only extremely flavorful and packed with nutrients, it's more chunky than typical horseradish you'll find at the grocery store.
Knowing how impactful fresh, real food is to the palate and well being, Stephanie is committed to sourcing from farms growing the highest quality and to making an exceptional product. Her broader understanding of the historical and cultural context of horseradish and how it brings food and people together, further rounds out the warmth of the Grate Roots Brand.
For food enthusiasts, horseradish is commonly paired with oysters, cheese, cocktail sauce, sandwiches and even bloody marys. The uses of this plant really have no limit in the food world. Like it's closest family members mustard and wasabi, using horseradish lends extra dynamism to any chef's creations bringing out new elements of flavor.
Beyond a garnish, however, there are surprising health benefits of consuming horseradish that catapult it into the realm of superfood. Packed with minerals and vitamins that aid with everything from metabolism to blood pressure regulation, according to The New Complete Book of Herbs, Spices and Condiments, “One ounce of horseradish provides 38% of all the Vitamin C that a healthy adult needs for the day.” Horseradish also contains glucosinolate, an important cancer fighting compound.
For many foods suggested by research to fight cancer, you need to eat cupfuls a day to receive the benefit. Horseradish has 10 times more cancer-fighting power than its cousin broccoli. Meaning, a teaspoon a day of high grade, raw horseradish has many positive side effects on health. Importantly, more than 90% of the enzymes in horseradish responsible for detoxifying cancer-causing molecules is absorbed when ingested.
The good thing is horseradish has an amazing flavor profile when prepared in a way that enhances the plant naturally. To get the best results from your Grate Roots horseradish Stephanie recommends refrigerated immediately, even if unopened, and turn the jar upside down when storing it in the fridge.
A spoonful a day will dazzle your tastebuds, contribute positively to wellness and make a great gift, too.