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Wasabi: More Than Just A Sushi Accoutrement

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WASABI / (wah-sob-bee) / n. / 1. Also known as Wasabia japonica, a plant of the Brassicaceae family, which also encompasses cabbage and broccoli; / n. / 2. A root that is native to Japan’s mountainous river valleys and Sakhalin Island that is used to make a pungent, horseradishlike condiment that is both grated and formulated into the green paste often seen alongside sushi; / n. / 3. A superfood packed with fiber, vitamins B6 and C, protein, calcium, and potassium; / n. / 4. A medicinal aid that has been shown to boost circulation, curb the growth of cavities in teeth, and help control seasonal allergies and asthma; / n. / 5. An antioxidant that strengthens the skin barrier against free radical damage, e.g., “Stimulate taste buds and protect your complexion with wasabi.”

Try it: Biologique Recherche Crème PIGM 400 with wasabi extract, $191, available at the Peninsula Spa New York.

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