The SteirerKren brand stands for grated, Styrian horseradish of the highest quality. This makes it possible to enjoy real Styrian horseradish without having to peel and grate the horseradish first and watery eyes are a thing of the past. This is made possible by a processing method that makes the freshly grated horseradish durable and at the same time ensures that it keeps its aroma.
Cultivation and origin
As the name suggests, SteirerKren is grown in Styria. The main cultivation area is in Southeast Styria, around the city of Feldbach, in the middle of the Styrian volcanic country. The processing also takes place in Styria. This guarantees short transport routes, quick processing and top quality.
The horseradish roots are looked after extensively all year round. Each individual root is dug out several times by hand and planted again. This is done to rid the main root of surplus side shoots, which guarantees the highest quality.
In addition, the horseradish roots are planted level in Styria. This makes Kren significantly more complex to cultivate than other varieties, such as the pumpkin that is also often grown in Styria.
Harvesting and processing
The horseradish roots are harvested twice because they are hardy. Once in late autumn, after the first night frost, and then again in spring. The horseradish roots that remain in the ground in winter are cooled naturally due to the cold temperatures, which means that the aroma is completely retained. This saves storage and energy costs.
The crop harvest is very labour-intensive because even today a lot has to be done manually. Around 1000 working hours are needed for one hectare.
The harvested roots are cooled as quickly as possible. After a handpicked selection, they are machine washed and then manually cleaned again. That increases the quality. When cleaning is complete, the roots are grated and packaged for retail.