Horseradish on Long Island

According to, the 3,000 year-old plant has been used as an aphrodisiac, a treatment for rheumatism, a bitter herb for Passover and a flavorful accompaniment for beef, chicken, and seafood. Today, approximately 6 million gallons of prepared horseradish are produced annually in the U.S.

On Long Island, the North Fork Horseradish Festival has sprouted its roots through an annual informal gathering of local friends and family who spent hours peeling, chopping, and grinding fresh bushels of horseradish roots to take home. The idea for this event was born many years ago and as it continues to grow, we want to invite you and your family to enjoy this tradition with us.

Read more about the horseradish party held in previous years:
· Riverhead Horseradish Party Returns to its Roots (March 28, 2013; Riverhead LOCAL via YouTube)
· A Tradition Lives On After All: Riverhead’s Horseradish Party Returns to its Homegrown Roots (March 28, 2013; Riverhead Local)
· Passover Horseradish – Rooted in Tradition (March 22, 2013; CNN – Eatocracy)
· Riverhead Rite of Spring Comes to an End: Longtime Organizer Calls Off Horseradish Party (March 20, 2013; Riverhead LOCAL)
· Vol. 2 No. 10 Horseradish Party 2012 (April 9, 2012; Hungry Naturalist)
· Horseradish Party (April 5, 2012; Riverhead LOCAL via YouTube)
· Horseradish Festival Draws Crowds (April 5, 2012; Riverhead Patch)
· Riverhead’s Annual Horseradish Party at Martha Clara (April 4, 2012; TimesReview Newsgroup – Long Island Wine Press)
· North Fork Chef: The Heavenly Pleasures of Horseradish (May 1, 2011; The Suffolk Times)
· Vol 1. No. 10 The Horseradish Party (April 28, 2011; Hungry Naturalist)
· Riverhead’s Horseradish Party (April 21, 2011; Riverhead LOCAL via YouTube)
· Horseradish: The Spicy Root of Spring (April 15, 2010; Riverhead News-Review)

Locally produced horseradish on Long Island:
· Holy Schmitt’s Homemade Horseradish - Riverhead
· Gold’s, Gold Pure Food Products Co., Inc. - Hempstead