Most people don’t know that over 95% of wasabi served in sushi restaurants is not actually made from the real wasabi plant! It’s actually made from a blend of horseradish, mustard flour, cornstarch and green food colorant. Because of this misconception over 95% of people who think they know what wasabi is actually have never tried the stuff!
Real wasabi paste is made by grating the wasabi rhizome, when you grate wasabi the volatile compounds in it begin to break down within a few minutes so it has to be done fresh. Also the cost of real wasabi roots is quite high since its a rare and perishable commodity, on the other hand you have the fake wasabi powder which is cheap has a long expiration date.
The real stuff comes in two formats:
You can buy real wasabi paste here, it costs a bit more than the powdered stuff but at least its the real thing. If you are a sushi lover then you should at least try the real fresh wasabi rhizome once,
1) Kazari.co.uk has fresh wasabi rhizomes avialable to be delivered across Europe, with next day delivery.
2) Amazon.co.uk delivers fresh Wasabi across europe also, but it is more expencive: wasabi at amazon here.
1) Amazon.com supplies fresh wasabi rhizomes across Northern America, shipped from Japan, minimum order 1lb; Freash wasabi 1lb from Japan .
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It’s everywhere, restaurant’s, supermarkets and online. Some might call this a conspiracy or a epidemic. What puzzle’s me is that the manufacturers are blatantly allowed to lie to the consumers by calling their powdered gimmick wasabi! I’m shore there must be a law against that.
Hope you found this information useful, at least now you are aware of the trickery happening basically every where. And next time your at a sushi restaurant and your mouth is on fire due to the fake wasabi you will know your at a cheap sushi restaurant serving imitation wasabi.
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This article was written by D.Devaux