I assisted Julie Whitehorn in her Farm to Table Class at McClure Middle School recently, and was gifted two large pieces of what I thought was horseradish. The class receives a CSA box which is kindly donated by Jubilee Biodynamic Farm every week. It contains beautiful and fresh organic produce and things that I am very unfamiliar with, like burdock root. Burdock root is not exactly a kid friendly food. None of the kids participating in the class had ever even seen one before. Neither had I! Which is why I was convinced that this was horseradish.
I was unsure what to do with that much of it myself at first - potato soup? But then it suddenly dawned on me that my cousin's grandma used to grow horseradish in her garden and combine it with apple, which is a typical flavor pairing in Germany. Something I certainly did not touch as a kid. I decided to make a spicy preserved apple sauce and maybe I would even share it with the kids in the class, and with my own three kids. And only after I started to cut and grate the root I realized that what I had on hand was burdock root, not horseradish. Burdock root is very mild in flavor and very nutritious. It can be eaten raw or cooked and it can be added to this apple sauce. But my heart was set on horseradish.