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October 2011 Issue

Wasabi’s Potent Flavor and Nutrition

With nutrient potential as powerful as its flavor, wasabi is another food entering the nutrition spotlight. Wasabi is a member of the Cruciferaceae or Brassicaceae family, which also includes mustard, horseradish, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage. While it grows wild along the beds of the river valleys of Japan, wasabi is also cultivated in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. and Canada. After its second year of growth, the wasabi plant is hand-harvested in the spring or fall for its large root.

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