Quick Notes:

What is Wasabi?

Considered the Japanese version of Horseradish, although the two are not related. Very hot pungent taste. Also known as Mountain Hollyhock because it grows along mountain streams. Most "wasabi" powder marketed in the US doesn’t even contain any wasabi, just horseradish mixed with other ingredients like mustard and tapioca starch. Fresh Wasabi can be hard to find outside of specialty shops.

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What is the Origin of Wasabi?

Wasabi is indigenous to Japan.

Wasabi is Good for These Foods:

Wasabi is tasty good for chocolate desserts like brownies, edaname, mayonnaise-based salad dressings, sauces, sashimi (raw fish), sushi, and tuna.

What Are the Health Benefits of Wasabi?

Wasabi stimulates the palate.

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