FRESH WASABI STARTING IN THE AUTUMN 2015
We are always looking to add new products that can make a big difference or be creative in the next trend of dishes to be appearing in Restaurants and Fine Dining Establishments.
Fresh Wasabi certainly fits this category and we as a Company look forward to wide variety of uses and dishes that you imaginative Chefs can come up with.
We will aim to give you a brief insight into this wonderful product and provide links that can help you achieve something that stands out from the rest.
Fresh Sawa Wasabi plants (Sweetest,hottest and healthiest) take about two years to grow before it is ready to harvest for grating and eating. Wasabi is sometimes refered to as Japanese Horseradish, although it is not a member of the horseradish species, it is a member of the brassica family.
The prized Rhizomes vary from a very light to darker green, often with a purple ring running through it.
Wasabi has a uniquely sweet taste and fiery heat which really wakes up the taste buds and sinuses. Although it has traditionally been eaten with sushi, the flavour and pungency of wasabi has been recognised by many of the world ́s top chefs outside of Japan and it is now appearing on European menus combined with everything from Carpaccio of beef to ice cream.
The heat of wasabi differs from chilli. It develops quickly and rises up the sinuses rather than holding in the mouth, then quickly dissipates. We think fresh wasabi has a very clean heat. You’ll see what we mean when you try it.
Pastes and powders purporting to be wasabi contain very little actual wasabi. Check the ingredients and you will see horseradish and mustard powders make up most of the ingredients and actual wasabi makes up just a few per cent. Some products masquerading as wasabi contain no real wasabi. Try the fresh and find out what you ́ve been missing. Just be aware that fresh wasabi is a beautiful pale green colour when grated and ready to eat. There’s nothing wrong with it because it isn’t lurid green, on the contrary, it’s just how nature intended it to be.
Wasabi is very low in cholesterol and sodium and a source of dietary fibre and vitamin C. It is also a good source of Vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium, potassium & manganese. It is unclear how much and how often you should be eating fresh wasabi to encourage all of these benefits but research continues.