Mankind has been planting and growing horseradish for centuries. Records indicate that the Egyptians cultivated this pungent root prior to 1500 B.C., Romans used it as an aphrodisiac, and grannies everywhere have used it as a home remedy for coughs and colds.
A member of the Brassicaceae family, horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) is closely related to Brussels sprouts, kale and cauliflower. The powerful root gets its sinus-clearing punch from volatile oils that are released when grated or crushed.
Horseradish health benefits include essential vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, calcium, potassium and magnesium. The pungent root is high in dietary fiber, known to boost the immune system and has been linked to cancer prevention.