Good morning. Today is duodi, the 12th of Frimaire, Year CCXXXI. We celebrate le raifort, a root that goes down kicking.
Horseradish is definitely trying to kill you.
The spice of the horseradish root has some similarities to capsaicin, the famously prickly spice in hot peppers – they attack similar pain receptors – but unlike capsaicin, which will sting your skin on contact as a fair warning of what's to come, horseradish disguises itself as a perfectly inert parsnip-looking thing until it meets your mouth, when it goes off like a grenade.