Springtime: Traditions

Brings back old memories of grinding horseradish outdoors!

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One of spring’s traditions is gathering sap and making maple syrup.  We did that a few years when we had several maple trees nearby and kids willing to gather the sap.  It was a lot of work, and took a lot of time for all of us — with me doing the cooking — in the house on our electric stove!

Digging horseradish roots, early spring. Digging horseradish roots, early spring.

Another springtime tradition, or chore (as such things really are) is the harvesting and preparation of horseradish.  To get the best strength, it has to be done only during certain months, early spring before leaves grow, and also –,  according to Wikipedia – in late fall, after the leaves die back.  Old traditions say, if I remember right, any month with an “r” in it!

Just one of the larger roots. Just one of the larger roots.

Roots are dug when the garden thaws, tops cut off to replant and…

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2 Responses to “Springtime: Traditions”

  1. marthakeimstlouis Says:

    love horseradish. We shred it outside to avoid some of the tears

  2. writerraebeth Says:

    Yes, I do, too. Only did it indoors one time lol

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