Do you know horseradish? Horseradish is a perennial plant of the Brassicaceae family. The intact horseradish root has hardly any aroma. When cut or grated, however, enzymes from the now-broken plant cells break down sinigrin (a glucosinolate) to produce allyl isothiocyanate (mustard oil), which irritates the mucous membranes of the sinuses and eyes.
Perhaps you have tasted horseradish, but, have you ever tasted horseradish ice cream? Since opening Max and Mina’s in Queens, New York in 1998, brothers/owners Bruce and Mark Becker have created more than 5,000 one-of-a-kind ice cream flavors, many of them adapted from their grandfather’s original recipes. Daily flavor experimentations mean that the menu is ever-changing, but Horseradish, Garlic, Pizza, Corn on the Cob, Lox and Jalapeño have all made the lineup.
Next time, when you make ice cream with your ice cream machine at home, maybe you can have a try.