Horseradish and wasabi

Horseradish and wasabi

What is horseradish 

Il horseradish, also known as horseradish or horseradish, is a perennial herbaceous plant (Armoracia rusticana) of the Cruciferous family.

Originally from southern Russia, in el country is located at spontaneous state in humid places and near streams, both in the plains and in the mountains, especially along the Tuscan-Romagnolo Apennines; it is also grown in greenhouses to be used for consumption as a food in many recipes. 

Gastric stimulant - the highly aromatic essential oil promotes the production of gastric juices, aiding digestion and stimulating the appetite - horseradish is also a good vitamin C supplement. Horseradish recipes? There cren sauce it is the best known, with a strong and decisive flavor, it is used as an accompaniment to boiled or roasted meats.


What is wasabi

Wasabi, also known as Japanese radish, (Wasabi Japonica) is one spicy green root widely used in the preparation of the homonymous sauce that accompanies typical oriental dishes, such as sushi, sashimi or others of Japanese cuisine. It is not easy to grow the root of this plant, it is very old and expensive and grows very slowly. 

Wasabi is rich in beneficial properties: it has decent amounts of vitamin C and natural antioxidants, which counteract free radicals and make it an elixir of life.

Offers a good diuretic effect, detoxifies the liver and intestines, prevents food poisoning and stimulates digestion; finally, it has important antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties.


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Differences and uses of horseradish and wasabi

Horseradish root is less spicy and intense than that of wasabi, but in fact the use in the kitchen is similar, both serve in fact, grated or squeezed, a season and give a special touch of taste to sauces as an accompaniment to those dishes with a neutral and delicate taste.

La horseradish root, grated and reduced in sauce, it can also be used for external applications for therapeutic purposes as a natural remedy to counteract rheumatic pains or bronchitis: a compress of horseradish root reduced to pulp applied to the chest has an anti-catarrhal action.

Unexpectedly, wasabi also has alternative uses: lo si usa per l capelli e pelle, especially to stimulate hair bulbs and hair regrowth, but also to make lips soft and to naturally heal oily skin, counteracting pimples. 


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