Wasabi is the hot and stimulating green paste that lends a characteristic, pungent taste to sushi dishes, dressings and dipping sauces.
The wasabi plant, sometimes called Japanese horseradish, has long been used in Japan as an essential condiment for serving with raw fish sashimi and sushi dishes where it is valued for its protein digesting enzymes.
Traditional and conventional wasabi
Clearspring Wasabi powder contains real wasabi root, whereas most wasabi products consist of mustard or horseradish with green dyes and other additives. You can recognise its authenticity by its pale grey green colour, which contrasts with the brighter green of dyed wasabi.
Wasabi and health
Researchers from Michigan State University, USA, have found that both horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) and wasabi (Wasabia japonica) have the ability to protect against the proliferation of certain types of cancer cells (1).
Cooking with wasabi
Clearspring Wasabi comes as a powder in a convenient resealable tin and can be prepared by adding 1 part warm water to 2 parts powder and mixing into a paste. Cover and leave for 5 minutes to allow the flavour to develop. Use sparingly and make fresh each time.
Ingredients: Horseradish, mustard, wasabi (10%)
Producer - Kaneku Company, Oume Tokyo
Available as powder in a 25g resealable tin
(1) Weil, MJ, Zhang Y, Nair MG, Tumor cell proliferation and cyclooxygenase inhibitory constituents in horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) and Wasabi (Wasabia japonica), J. Agric. Food Chem., 53 (5), 1440 -1444, (2005)