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Super foods - The power of wasabi

Super foods - The power of wasabi

Super foods - The power of wasabi, also known as the Japanese horseradish, is a member of the Brassicaceae family (that includes mustard, turnip, cabbage, and cauliflower) and has been highly regarded for its medicinal properties since ancient times.Native to Japan, it is now being cultivated in North America (particularly in British Columbia), New Zealand, and other parts of Asia. Wasabi is considered one of the most difficult plants to grow (the growth cycle is between 18 months and three years) and extraordinarily expensive, costing 160 a kilogram at wholesale prices. Many experts estimate that about 95 percent of Japanese horseradish sold in the United States is actually a mixture of mustard powder, horseradish powder, green food coloring, and cornstarch.