Amoracia rusticana

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A. rusticana
Edible root of the A. rusticana

Taxonomy

Kingdom: Plantae

Division: Tracheophyta

Class: Magnoliopsida

Order: Brassicales

Family: Brassicaceae

Genus: Armoracia

Species: A. rusticana

Descriptive notes

Amoracia rusticana, or horseradish, is a member of the Brassicaceae family, can grow up to 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) tall. It is characterized by its large, white, tapered root, that when cut or grated, releases glucosinolate compounds (mustard oil), a strong and potent flavor [1]. The shape and length of the leaves vary as the plant matures. The leaves are simple, lobed, and are arranged alternately. The flowers are small and white, with four petals and six stamens.

General distribution and habitat

A. rusticana is native most likely to southeastern Europe and western Asia. It is now popular and grows abundantly worldwide. It is easy to cultivate; even when neglected it will often continue to thrive as a weed.

Campus distribution

Horseradish was found growing behind the faculty row on the pathway down to the cemetery (behind stokes). It may well be growing elsewhere on campus.

Other notes and Fun Facts

The herb has been cultivated for centuries due to its wide culinary and medicinal applications. Medicinally, it has been used to treat infection, aches and pains, and the common cold. [2]. It is an important plant in contemporary Judaism as it has been brought into the Passover seder to represent marror, or bitter herbs (symbolizing the sorrow of the Hebrews). It is commonly prepared with vinegar and preserved (see photo, right).

A. rusticana


External links

[1]: [3] Jhankin (talk) 11:40 20 May 2015 (UTC)