Thursday, March 15, 2012

What about wasabi?

I've had wasabi plenty of times and it always just seems like green "Chinese mustard" to me.  So I decided to do some research.  I found a lot of people saying the same thing and posted a sample from here:

Wondering About Wasabi?
Does wasabi, the Japanese mustard that comes with sushi, have any health benefits? It always seems to clear my sinuses, at least temporarily.
The answer to your question is yes... and no. First of all, you should know that the green paste that usually comes with sushi isn't really wasabi. It is a combination of horseradish, Chinese mustard and green food coloring. And it may surprise you to learn that this imitation product is now so widely used that - with the exception of some top-flight restaurants that still use genuine wasabi - it even accompanies sushi in Japan. (I've been told by wasabi experts that only about five percent of the restaurants in Japan serve the real thing, and I've found real wasabi in the United States only in high-end Japanese restaurants in New York and California.) The ubiquitous bright-green paste that you are familiar with will make your eyes water and can clear your sinuses, but it has no significant health benefits, and much of it is artificially colored.

Just what I thought ... Chinese mustard with green food coloring.


ragweed said...

dam I love that stuff

WOMBAT said...

"Hottu hottu mustard" as we call it in my household.
S&B- you'll shed tears of joy.

A is A said... is a great source for any and all spices. They are honest about their wasabi - "Blend of horseradish, mustard, tapioca starch and wasabi." And it's still about $28/lb, or $1.75/oz. I do love it on my sashimi, I must say.

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