Wasabia japonica is the true wasabi, not the fake stuff served in most Japanese restaurants. 'Daruma' has great vigour and flavour.
The wasabi served in Japanese restaurants is not wasabi at all. It is made of horseradish, mustard, and green food colouring. Wasabia japonica is the real deal and is a very different culinary experience with a sweet heat and intensity that is more subtle and delicate than the fake stuff which can overpower you. 'Daruma' is a popular and vigorous variety with excellent green colour, size, and crisp flavour. After grating, allow to sit for a few minutes before eating for flavours to develop. Grow in moist to wet soils.
Common Name: Wasabi
Family: Brassicaceae (The Mustard Family)
Zone Hardiness: 7-10
Light: Full Sun, Part Sun, Part Shade
Primary Bloom Colour: White/Cream
Secondary Bloom Colour: Yellow
Bloom Time: Spring
Soil Moisture: Moist, Wet
Stem Colour: Green
Deer Resistant: Unknown
BC Native: No
Native Habitat: Wet places and by streams from lowlands to mountain areas.
Geogrpahical Origin: Asia and the Pacific - Asia - China and Japan
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