March 25th, 2013
10:22 AM ET

Passover horseradish – rooted in tradition

By Kat Kinsman and Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

(CNN)–Plenty of traditional foods pack an emotional whallop, but few of them back it up with a sensory punch as strong as horseradish's. The pungent root is a key part of a Passover Seder plate (along with salt water-dipped vegetables, a shank bone, a hard boiled egg, a sweet paste of apples and nuts called charoset, and a bitter vegetable – often lettuce) and symbolizes the harsh lives of the Israelites before they were delivered from slavery in Egypt.

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Growing horseradish is a tradition for the Schmitt family. Phillip Schmitt's grandfather moved the family's farming operation from New York's borough of Queens to the Eastern end of Long Island in 1929, under protest from his own father who couldn't believe that anyone would want to set up shop in that then-desolate region. Schmitt Family Farm found a permanent home in Riverhead, New York in the 1970s, and now Phillip and his son Matt grow 164 acres of greens (mostly spinach, collards and kale), herbs, beets and flowers – and a single acre of horseradish.

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  1. Milan Oreily

    Generally grown as a hardy annual, lettuce is easily cultivated, although it requires relatively low temperatures to prevent it from flowering quickly. It can be plagued with numerous nutrient deficiencies, as well as insect and mammal pests and fungal and bacterial diseases. L. sativa crosses easily within the species and with some other species within the Lactuca genus; although this trait can be a problem to home gardeners who attempt to save seeds, biologists have used it to broaden the gene pool of cultivated lettuce varieties. "..,:

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    May 24, 2013 at 7:27 pm |
  2. Isaiah Wehring

    Cooks use the terms "horseradish" or "prepared horseradish" to refer to the grated root of the horseradish plant mixed with vinegar. Prepared horseradish is white to creamy-beige in colour. It will keep for months refrigerated but eventually will darken, indicating it is losing flavour and should be replaced. The leaves of the plant, while edible, are not commonly eaten, and are referred to as "horseradish greens"...

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  3. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    March 29, 2013 at 6:18 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

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      March 29, 2013 at 9:13 am |
    • Saraswati

      Again, misusing the word "liar" and putting it in all caps makes you looks like as much of an idiot as the OP.

      March 29, 2013 at 9:14 am |
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      "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things"

      That's why the data, has shown that atheists have happier and healthier lives than conservative Christians. Your post is built on a lie!

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    March 27, 2013 at 8:29 pm |

    hinduism, absurdity ofa great magnitude by hindu Jews, filthy secular s, deniers of truth absolute, followers of hindu Donkey ism, filthy secular ism by faith. Israelite were never slaves, as a slave is to be, but officials of hindu racist Pharaohs, they married in to Egyptians and enjoyed all perks as Egyptian citizens. to call them slaves is nothing less than an insult to discriminated slaves from other lands.

    March 25, 2013 at 9:25 pm |
    • STFU

      Thanks for offering muslim horse-bull-sh!t

      March 26, 2013 at 11:15 pm |
  6. HeavenSent

    Horseradish is good to put on cats. But I still get those furballs in my throat.

    March 25, 2013 at 8:26 pm |
  7. Give a double dose of horseradish to those atheists

    Let the zing clear their foggy mind!

    March 25, 2013 at 8:02 pm |
  8. Reasonably

    What about lamb's blood on the door?

    March 25, 2013 at 7:55 pm |
  9. Pip

    What happened to sacrificing goats

    March 25, 2013 at 4:05 pm |
  10. The Waco Kid

    Passover horseradish. How come they never quite get the recipes right and make things like "Passover Litvinenko Tea" and "Easter Jonestown Kool Aid"?

    The world would be much better for some self-inflicted raptures.

    March 25, 2013 at 1:27 pm |
  11. Apple Bush

    I love horseradich on two things, Prime Rib and Pastrami San. Pickles on the side if you please.

    March 25, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
    • sam

      Hell yeah. I make a mean horseradish dip, too.

      March 25, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
    • clarity

      Really, sam? What is the base? I've had some horseradish hummus that was pretty good.

      March 25, 2013 at 5:45 pm |
    • Akira

      Yum. I like it on ham, smoked sausage, and corned beef as well.

      March 26, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
  12. meifumado

    Not me =)

    But i do love horseradish sauce on roast beef!

    And it makes the gefilte fish go down easy.

    March 25, 2013 at 11:35 am |
    • bobk52

      Horsey sauce, mmnnnnmmm yummy@!

      March 25, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
  13. Archibald Smythe-Pennington, III

    Meif must have put cnn up to this. Now I've got to locate a good deli before lunch.

    March 25, 2013 at 11:17 am |
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