Know Your “Root”

holidays-multiple-443The famous Jewish holiday, Passover is coming up and horseradish is in demand like no other. It is the key ingredient for the seder meal which is an extremely important part of the festival. Unlike other herbs; it is a gross looking root which is bitter and hot to the core. It is used in the meal symbolizing the struggle that the people of Israel were subjected to under the Egyptian Pharaoh’s. Some people prefer making the recipe at home even though it’s readily available in the market.

The sales statistics suggest that there is a great increase in sales during this season and the sales is quite limited all around the year otherwise. Philip Schmitt, who owns Schmitt family farm in New York describes the root as ugly and wild. He also says that the process of making the garnish can be obnoxious too, with your nasal passages getting flared up from the fumes, causing your eyes to tear up. However he also shares a tip, which is to mix the root shreds with red beetroots. They also have their homemade horseradish up for sale in the farm stands.