Saturday, August 25, 2007

Sweet, spicy, and sooooo good

We've got a monster in our backyard! His name is Horseradish and is taking over part of the garden... Almost 5 feet tall and more than that in width!

I don't really like the idea of wasting all those lovely, flavourful greens, so I decided to make a horseradish chutney or 'pesto' with them. My mom offered a brilliant idea as to what to combine with the leaves- peaches! How convenient- our peaches are getting a bit old, too...

I whizzed up some horseradish leaves, peach chunks, and a few fresh herbs and spices in the Magic Bullet. The result? A hot, pungent chutney with a bit of sweetness. Mmm- it's like commercial horseradish, but sooooo much better.

Horseradish-Peach Chutney
makes about 1 cup

3 cups of washed, dried, chopped horseradish leaves- loosely packed
3/4 cup of diced peaches
3-4 leaves of fresh mint
Pinch of fresh parsley
3 grinds of black pepper

Pack all ingredients in a food processor (a blender would probably work to) and blend until fairly smooth. I suggest weighing down the horseradish greens with peach to make for easier blending. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed (you might need more peaches if it's not sweet enough; yours might not be as overripe as mine were!)

Use like you would your usual chutney or horseradish- I'm going to try some in a pita sandwich. :)

Horseradish greens might be tough to find commercially, but they are occasionally used as a salad green. Your best bet will be to find someone who grows their own, like us. They'll appreciate it!

Horseradish greens and nutrition:
I couldn't find much information on the internets, but supposedly they contain vitamins A, B, and C, and are packed with iron and calcium. It's high in protein as well, containing the amino acids methionine and cystine, both of which are supposedly in 'short supply'.

(take all of that with a grain of salt- it's just shifty information form the internet. but, horseradish leaves are leafyy and green, you can't really go wrong!)


urban vegan said...

What a great idea...I grew up eating tons of horseradish, so I'm sure I'd love this.

Welcome to Fruit species said...

That's a nice green combination. Anyway, you got a really beautiful veggie blog. Cheers from Fruity

vko said...

Impressive! What gorgeous color and so good for you- great idea.

Peggy the Veggie said...

:) Thanks for the comments- this stuff has become quite addicting indeed. I've been eating it out of the jar!