Wasabi Facts, Interesting and Delicious Information About Food:

Wasabi is a plant of the Brassicaceae family, which includes cabbages, horseradish, and mustard. It is also called Japanese horseradish, although horseradish is a different plant.

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What is wasabi? The name of this exotic plant is derived from Wasabia Japonica that can lives up to three years of age.

When you first see the fresh plant, you will notice the large distinctive roots also known as the rhizome.

The "ready to harvest" size should be around 5 to 10 centimeter in diameter, and able grow 15 to 30 centimeter in length.

The stem normally grow under the ground and for the upper half, you will notice that only leaves will grow without the branches.

You can eat the leaves since they are edible. The root's flesh should look like a lime green and pale in color, and if you sniff close enough you will sense the nice specific aroma that only this plant has.

Wasabi is a member of Cruciferae or the famous mustard family of Brassicaceae.

Therefore, that is probably one of the reasons that the taste is somehow corresponding to mustard instead of chili peppers.

Despite of the famous striking taste, it will quickly dissipate in your mouth allowing for subtle sweetness to go along with strong fragrance once the fiery sensation goes away.

You can make fresh wasabi by cutting the root, peeling the skin off and finely grate the green flesh to get creamy like texture paste. Wasabi served as side item which typically found when you eat Japanese cuisines such as sushi and sashimi.