COMPLETE WASABI GUIDE: Facts and Information with Video

If you’ve ever eaten sushi, you know about wasabi. It’s green and sort of spicy, the kind of spicy that burns through your nose. Pretty awesome, right?

It dawned on me that after many years in Japan, I knew very little about this plant. I mean, was it even a condiment? How’s it grown? Where does it come from? How much does fresh wasabi really cost? Is it a root? I headed to Nagano's DAIO WASABI FARM to get all the answers. Daio is in Nagano Prefecture, a three hour drive or train ride from Tokyo or a 2 1/2 hour train ride from Nagoya. Nagano is one of the best places in the world to cultivate wasabi and try it fresh. This place is huge! Daio has covered an entire river bed to give the wasabi plant shade. That’s right, wasabi is grown in the water. Each bush is always submerged and wasabi is not a root at all – it’s the stem. This is why calling it “Japanese Horseradish” is wrong because it’s not a horseradish at all. READ MORE on my post


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