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(Condiments) - Wasabi
(Japanese Horse Radish)
Real Wasabi made
in the Izu farms.
is a green horse radish found in Japan.
It has always
been used as a condiment for sashimi since it had properties to bring
sweet flavors while washing away excess smell of the fish that it may
has been used in Edo style sushi for its antibacterial
properties. It helped prevent
food poisoning in the early days when refrigerators were unavailable.
most of the wasabi sold in the markets are actually modified horse
green food coloring.
wasabi is grated, a special wasabi grater (wasabi oroshi) must be used.
finer grains and is able to break the cells of the wasabi and release
isothiocyanate, which is the active ingredient that acts as an
agent. Originally, these graters were made with shark skin. When the
grated properly with this grater, the flavors become very strong as