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Harp's avatar

Why would I want dirty horseradish?

Asked by Harp (19043 points ) April 1st, 2009

A flyer from a local market advertising passover specials is selling “clean or dirty horseradish” (apparently for the same price). Why might I want the dirty version?

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Poser's avatar

Horseradish with the landing gear and flaps retracted?

Sueanne_Tremendous's avatar

I don’t actually know, but in my world Dirty refers to horseradish that has been cut into cream style and Clean is just plain ground root.

gailcalled's avatar

I’ve been a Jew all my life and eaten a fair share of horseradish, both red (with beets) and white. I have never heard of either expression, so I’d be curious also to learn the answer.

lillycoyote's avatar

Because you like it dirty? Oops, did I say that outloud? :)

casheroo's avatar

i asked chef-husband…he has no clue.

Harp's avatar

Just to clarify, the ad is for the unprocessed root

gailcalled's avatar

I think that the ad is being literal. Cleaning horseradish roots is labor-intensive and releases oils that clean your sinuses (similar to weeping while peeling onions).

RedPowerLady's avatar

I was thinking similar to @gailcalled but more along environmental lines. Some may prefer uncleaned horseradish because of the process or chemicals other may use to clean it?? Just a shot in the dark.

cak's avatar

I have never seen it advertised that way before – very interesting! Yeah! I learned something new today!

essieness's avatar

My chef boyfriend says this after I told him my theory that it means the horseradish hasn’t been washed (his first response was huh? and I had to explain the thread to him):

“Wouldn’t really make a difference, it’s peeled like ginger. I don’t know, never heard it and if it’s not on Google, I’d say it’s just something someone came up with on their own.”

loser's avatar

Maybe it’s a manly thing. Like, “Give me a whiskey. And put it in a dirty glass”.

essieness's avatar

@loser Oh good, I haven’t maxed out on lurve for you.

PupnTaco's avatar

You’re a dirty, dirty horseradish. Spank that root!

gailcalled's avatar

@Harp: I looked at the horseradishes today in the supermarket. They are hairy, bumpy, large and dirty. I can see where peeling it properly would be a time-consuming process, unlike peeling a carrot or even a chunk of ginger. Washing the roots alone will not remove the outer inedible coating.

Harp's avatar

@gailcalled Thanks for that bit of field research. I can see the advantage, too, but that’s what makes it seem all the more strange that this place was offering the choice . Could this be a nuance of orthodox dietary restrictions? There’s a sizable orthodox community near us.

cak's avatar

@Harp – that might be exactly why it was offered.

gailcalled's avatar

@Harp: You might do better do ask the Orthodox Reb. I have always bought kosher horseradish in a bottle. Before I stopped eating flesh, I used hr on lean brisket and gefulte fish. Now I throw some into home-made veggie soup that tastes boring.

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