|Common Uses||To make horseradish sauce, mix 1 part powder with 2 parts water, using more or less water for desired thickness. For mustard, mix together equal parts powdered horseradish, mustard powder and vinegar. For cocktail sauce, simply mix 2 tbsp. powder with 1 cup ketchup. It’s a zesty addition to dips, sour cream, tomato juice and Bloody Marys.|
Horseradish is probably indigenous to temperate Eastern Europe, where its Slavic name chren seemed to Augustin Pyramus de Candolle more primitive than any Western synonym. Horseradish has been cultivated since antiquity. According to Greek mythology, the Delphic Oracle told Apollo that the horseradish was worth its weight in gold. Horseradish is probably the plant mentioned by Pliny the Elder in his Natural History under the name of Amoracia, and recommended by him for its medicinal qualities, and possibly the wild radish, or raphanos agrios of the Greeks. The early Renaissance herbalists Pietro Andrea Mattioli and John Gerard showed it under Raphanus.