6 Surprising Truths about Wasabi on Sushi

6 Surprising Truths about Wasabi on Sushi

What comes to your mind when you hear about sushi? You might think of Japan, raw fish, and rice. But don’t forget this amazing food –Wasabi! We, Japanese people put Wasabi into Sushi…do you know why? Here, I would explain 6 facts about Wasabi.



 

6 Surprising Truths about Wasabi on Sushi

 

1. Why is Wasabi put on Sushi?

Wasabi was originally put into sushi for preservation. Since Wasabi is one of the spices having anti-bacterial effects, it is a great ingredient for keeping raw fish fresh. Moreover, Wasabi has deodorization effects –which make it easier to eat raw fish when people eat sushi since sea food often have very strong smells. It is surprising and thankful that people in older time came up with this amazing idea to use Wasabi!

 

2. Wasabi for our health

In addition to the effects that I mentioned above, Wasabi has a lot more great effects on our health and beauty. For example, one of the studies found that Wasabi prevent cancer cells from growing bigger. Furthermore, Wasabi is good for anti-aging and purifying your skin –because of the ingredients called Sulfinyl and Vitamin C. If you want to stay healthy and young, why don’t you start eating more Wasabi?

 

3. Other ways to eat Wasabi

In order to have a lot of Wasabi, you should know that Wasabi is not only for Sushi! One of the easiest ways to eat Wasabi is to put a little bit of it into any kinds of meals such as pasta, Udon, salad, grilled and fried dishes. You can use a tube of Wasabi that is found at almost any grocery stores in Japan. But if possible, it is better to use “raw” Wasabi since packed Wasabi is often containing horse radish –which is not as rich in nutrition as real Wasabi. “Raw” Wasabi is often cooked in various ways such as tempura, nimono and even sweets like ice cream.

 

4. 2 different kinds of Wasabi

What is “raw” Wasabi look like? –it is just like other leafy vegetables such as spinach. The part of Wasabi we eat with sushi is its root –grating the root, it is ready to serve. There are two kinds of Wasabi –Sawa (Mizu) Wasabi (沢(水)わさび) and Hata (Riku) Wasabi (畑(陸)Wasabi depending on where they grew. Sawa Wasabi is in the water and Hata Wasabi is in the fields. Although Hata Wasabi is cheaper and easier to grow, Sawa Wasabi has better quality and taste since it is in natural spring water. Two major areas that are famous for Wasabi are Nagano and Shizuoka prefectures. When you visit these regions next time, you should try “real” Wasabi!

 

5. How to grate Wasabi?

When you grate vegetables such as Daikon radish and ginger, what do you use? I assume many of you would think of the grater made of metal. But metal is not well matched with Wasabi… It is better to get a grater that is made of non-metal such as ceramics and shark skin! When grating, you should move Wasabi like drawing a circle so that cells of Wasabi would be well mashed –that makes Wasabi much tastier. Just remember to grate Wasabi right before (less than 10 minutes before) eating!

 

6. Wasabi in other countries

You might see some ads in front of restaurants saying “Wasabi” in your countries –but what kind of food do they serve with Wasabi? First of all, Wasabi is often processed in different ways in other nations. For example, in the United States, there is a product called Wasabi powder so that people can use it easily. Moreover, some people eat Wasabi sauce and dips –such as Wasabi Hummus and Wasabi spread. These kinds of Wasabi are eaten mainly with meat including roasted beef, grilled salmon and teriyaki pork. Since Wasabi helps other ingredients to be tastier, you can try any kinds of meals with Wasabi next time!

 

Conclusion

Since Wasabi has a lot of good effects on our health and beauty, Japanese people have used it for a long time. Not only for sushi, but there are many more ways to enjoy Wasabi. Now start having Wasabi and stay healthy!

 

6 Surprising Truths about Wasabi on Sushi

1. Why is Wasabi put on Sushi?
2. Wasabi for our health
3. Other ways to eat Wasabi
4. 2 different kinds of Wasabi
5. How to grate Wasabi?
6. Wasabi in other countries