Wasabi or Japanese horseradish is a root plant with a pleasant aroma and a sharp, fiery flavour. It became popular in Japan in the early 17th century as an accompaniment to sushi. Wasabi is available fresh, and can be grated like horseradish, frozen as a paste or in powder form.
Wasabi has a unique taste that is often described as a combination of spiciness, heat, and a slight sweetness. The flavour of real wasabi is complex and aromatic, with hints of grassy and floral notes!
Wasabi is commonly paired with sushi, sashimi, and other raw seafood dishes. It is served alongside soy sauce as a dipping sauce or is applied directly to the food. Wasabi can also be used as a flavouring agent in dressings, marinades, and various Japanese dishes. Wasabi is sometimes incorporated into mayonnaise, snacks, and other culinary creations.