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Wasabia japonica 'Mazuma'


Wasabia japonica is the true wasabi, not the fake stuff served in Japanese restaurants. 'Mazuma' has great vigour and more heat.

The wasabi served in Japanese restaurants is not wasabi at all. It is made of horseradish, mustard, and green food colouring. Wasabia japonica (now apparently known as Eutrema japonicum) 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. 'Mazuma' is an excellent variety considered to have more heat than 'Daruma' and more tolerance to warmer climates. 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: Part Sun, Part Shade, Full Shade

Height: 8-12"

Width: 8-12"

Primary Bloom Colour: White/Cream

Secondary Bloom Colour: Yellow

Class: Deciduous

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Spring

Soil Moisture: Moist, Wet

Stem Colour: Green

Fragrance: No

Berries: No

Benefits: Butterflies

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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