July is National Horseradish Month and we couldn't resist featuring several intriguing artifacts from Baltimore's favorite horseradish producer: Tulkoff.
Tulkoff's founders, Harry and Lena Tulkoff, built their family business in Baltimore in the 1930s after emigrating from Russia and initially living in New York City. The Tulkoffs found a robust market for their prepared horseradish product, ultimately forming the Tulkoff Horseradish Products Company. Tulkoff's grated horseradish was originally sold in paper cartons, but later moved to glass jars as demand increased. Over subsequent decades, Tulkoff expanded its product line to include a variety of specialty products and sauces. The company remains family-owned and headquartered in Baltimore, having moved from its original location on East Lombard Street to Brewer's Hill and later to its present location at the Holabird Industrial Park.
The BMI's grocery store exhibit features multiple artifacts, collectively sharing the Tulkoff horseradish story
from washing and grating to bottling and marketing. Phil Tulkoff, current president of Tulkoff Food Products, Inc. helped illuminate the story by sharing details on each artifact's likely role and origin. The root washer (left) cleaned roots by rotating them in a water bath, using the combination of water and friction to remove dirt in preparation for grinding. The hand grinder (above), similar to one used in the Tulkoff's store, was designed to grate the clean root and collect the grated horseradish. Pictured below are a single lane bottle filler
where finished product was packaged
and a hand-painted sign similar to those still seen at the Tulkoff factory today.
Celebrate National Horseradish Month by visiting the BMI to see these artifacts on display, or by enjoying your favorite horseradish product!