True wasabi – Wasabia japonica– is a member of the Brassicaceae family of vegetables which includes cabbages, horseradish and mustard.

Packed with powerful cancer-fighters called isothiocyanates, wasabi helps to stimulate the detoxification enzymes in your liver that disarm free-radicals and carcinogens.

HEALING TIP: Be sure to look for real wasabi, which comes powdered in a can or fresh in root form. Most wasabi in sushi restaurants is colored horseradish.

Selecting and Storing Wasabi

Wasabi is generally sold either in the form of a root (real wasabi), which must be very finely grated before use, or as a ready-to-use paste (horseradish, mustard and food coloring), usually in tubes. Once the paste is prepared it should remain covered until served to protect the flavor from evaporation.

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Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

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