Horseradish is produced from its root. In its raw condition is it completely scentless. However, by the time it is being cut, broken or grated an intensive and hot scent is ascended because of specific enzyme actions. This hot scent can be destroyed by heat, and that is why horseradish should not be cooked by any means.
Horseradish- roots and an easy- for- the- roots- to- grow, feasible, profound soil are needed to cultivate horseradish. In that way, a straight growth and an easy harvest are guaranteed. The plant prefers a shady spot, loves humidity and moisture; that is why the plant hole should be about 30cm deep with a soundly watered compost layer.
The next step is to place the roots one half each into the soil. Compound fertilizer before and after the growth period are good aiding tools for a healthy, strong growth of horseradish. Random composed flowers should be removed quickly, as they weaken and harm the plant. The plant should be placed with a certain distance from each other. For the completion of planting the horseradish it is necessary to cover the roots almost up with the soil; the heads should only be about 2-3cm above surface.
The root growth period ends with the death of the leaves; this is also the point in time to begin the harvest. The harvest can take place from autumn until spring, and in that way, it is just before the new roots flourish. If a new cultivation should follow after the harvest, then all root sticks should be removed completely; otherwise, the horseradish grows into weed.
Around 95% of the harvest goes to industrial processing. The horseradish is being carefully treated in the finefood industry, in order for not only the appearance and the intensive taste, but also the various ingredients to be preserved. Being mixed as apple-, vegetable-, cream-, or prepared horseradish, it finds the way straight to the supermarket shelves.
Our regional, Franconian and fresh horseradish is grown through this traditional cultivation, which we get from regional organic farms. Afterwards, this specialty is being freshly processed and bottled in our Franken-Kren packagings ready to consume.