Horseradish has an unmistakably unique aroma, but when used correctly it makes for a nice accompaniment on many dishes ranging from meats to hummus.
If you’re new to using horseradish powder, don’t fret over its scent. Once you start cooking with it you’ll quickly learn that its odor-causing oils tend to evaporate rapidly during the cooking process.
There are a number of ways to administer horseradish powder on your favorite dishes. Next, we will look at a few of our favorites.
How to Cook with Horseradish Powder
The strong taste of horseradish powder means that it’s somewhat specific to certain dishes. However, this doesn’t mean that it’s limited to only a handful of recipes. There are a number of ways you can integrate horseradish powder into your culinary workflow; here are some of the more creative methods.
- Sushi: Yes, horseradish and sushi is actually a winning combination. Who would’ve thought? Well, it turns out that wasabi is known as “Japanese horseradish,” meaning that it can be replaced for actual horseradish and you’ll find a similar taste. In fact, today wasabi is typically made with horseradish due to the scarcity of the wasabi plant.
- Grilled Tuna with Horseradish: Along the lines of sushi, this is another tasty way of consuming fish. We’re not suggesting to cover your tuna with hordes upon hordes of horseradish, but a little goes a long way here. It goes especially well with yellowfin tuna.
- Beet and Apple Soup with Horseradish Cream: This uber-healthy vegetarian dish combines fresh beets with apple to create a tidy, sweet little soup. Adding 2 tablespoons of horseradish cream creates a nice, zesty flavoring. Simply combine sour cream, horseradish, and cayenne pepper to assemble the cream, then enjoy.
History Behind Horseradish Powder
Horseradish comes from the same family of plants like broccoli, cauliflower, and wasabi. Native to central and eastern Europe, it was once called “red cole” by the English and “sea radish” in Germany.
Other parts of Europe use their own colloquial terms to label horseradish. In Southern Germany it’s called “Kren,” in Serbia it’s called “ren,” and in parts of western Italy, it’s called “barbaforte” (meaning strong beard).
In Greek mythology, Apollo was once told that horseradish was ‘worth its weight in gold.’ Thus, it was revered by traders of that era.
Early uses of horseradish involved treating medical ailments. Throughout the Middle Ages, it was acknowledged to alleviate urinary tract infections, kidney stones, bronchitis, and gout.
By the early 1800’s, it made its way to North America along with European settlers. Many farmers began growing horseradish in the Midwest, and by the end of the century, it became a massive business in parts of Illinois and Wisconsin.
The enzyme horseradish peroxidase is used in modern molecular biology because it can amplify weaker signals and increase the detectability of a target molecule.
Where Does Burma Spice Get Horseradish Powder?
As mentioned, horseradish has become a major staple of American farming. Because of this, we are able to source our horseradish powder from some of the top growers in Illinois.
Along the gorgeous Mississippi River Valley, you’ll find some of the best conditions for growing horseradish of anywhere on the planet. The majority of ours comes from these fertile lands near the border of southern Illinois and Missouri.
We hope you enjoy your horseradish powder and feel free to use it in a variety of ways. There are a ton of great recipes for you to experiment with, so please enjoy!