Ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, and relish are some of the many condiments that make food even more delicious. Most of the condiments sold in grocery stores have one purpose and that is to add some extra flavoring to food. One particular condiment that is more than just a way to make food more flavorful is horseradish.

Horseradish is a plant and has certain ingredients in it that can be used for medical purposes. In the medical world, horseradish can be used to fight bacteria and stop spasms. In the world of food, horseradish is a great way to add strong, zesty flavoring to whatever you may be eating. Horseradish is great with sushi, sandwiches, salad, and basically any food that needs a splash of bold flavors. In the United States, Illinois is one of the leading producers of horseradish with about 1500 acres of land. Horseradish in Illinois is primarily grown in the Mississippi River Valley.

Horseradish_Sauerkraut_MustardIf you want to make your own horseradish sauce at home you can make the sauce in a short amount of time with a short list of ingredients. The simple ingredients you need are: 2 tablespoons of horseradish, 1 tablespoon of cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon of dry mustard, 3 tablespoons of reduced fat mayonnaise, 1/8 teaspoon of ground red pepper, and a half cup of nonfat sour cream. You do not need to use reduced fat mayonnaise or nonfat sour cream; not fat or regular would work just the same! After you poured all of these ingredients in a bowl, whisk together the horseradish, vinegar, mustard, mayonnaise, ground red pepper, and sour cream. Make sure to keep the horseradish sauce refrigerated. Happy Eating!

HorseradishFestivalWhat better way to embrace the dynamic ways to use horseradish than attending a horseradish festival? Every year for 25 years the International Horseradish Festival is held in Collinsville, Illinois. Individuals from miles and miles away come to this festival for food, entertainment, and fun! The International Horseradish festival began in 1988 and is still going strong, attracting more and more people each year. This year the festival is going to be held on June 6-8 at Woodland Park, just one block east of Illinois Route 159. At the festival you will be surrounded by fun filled horseradish festivities including, root toss, root golf, root sacking contests, Little Miss Horseradish Festival Pageant, horseradish recipe contest, and the annual Horseradish Root Derby. Along with all of the festive activities, many of the food booths include horseradish in the recipes. Some of the delicious food available for sale include, pulled pork sandwiches with horseradish BBQ sauce, chicken tacos with chipotle horseradish sauce, horseradish bruschetta, horseradish-fried pickles, and much more! This festival is a wonderful way to bring family and friends together ultimately learning fun and interesting ways to incorporate horseradish into your recipes. Horseradish is more than just a condiment it is a way to bring loved ones closer together for a fun filled weekend.

SamarSamar Dababneh
Illinois State University Student