The term “prepared horseradish”refers to the product created when the grated root is mixed with vinegar. It is used for diverse array of culinary purposes, adding kick to sauces, condiments, and even drinks (like a Sunday morning Bloody Mary). Horseradish leaves, which have a similar taste to mustard greens, are also edible, but are less popular or common than the root.
If buying fresh horseradish root, be forewarned that it is highly perishable. Once grated, horseradish must be used immediately or covered in vinegar. Otherwise the root darkens, loses its pungency, and becomes bitter. If refrigerated, horseradish will keep for about four to six weeks.
Varieties of Horseradish at the market
- Horseradish leaves