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  • So, one time when I was 12 I was grounded 'cause I convinced my friend's little sister to eat a whole spoon of this.

  • She believed it was smashed avocado.

  • We knew, or at least we thought it was wasabi.

  • But many, many years later I have come to learn that technically we could've both been wrong.

  • Yeah, it turns out that the spicy green paste you get in sushi restaurants isn't actually wasabi at all.

  • It's horseradish and green food dye.

  • Real wasabi, Japanese wasabi, is actually kind of rare and expensive even in Japan.

  • So horseradish and wasabi are part of the same produce family.

  • Brasaca-brasacaha-brazzer...Jack, just put the word on the screen.

  • Think of them more as cousins than siblings.

  • With one cousin bring way more fussy to grow than the other.

  • Given I have neglected every plant child I've taken on, I am turning to Esme Atkinson for advice.

  • She's from Shima Wasabi, Australia's largest commercial wasabi crop.

  • So Esme, why is wasabi so hard to grow outside of Japan?

  • Wasabi is very prone to disease.

  • It needs clean air, it needs pure water and it needs a cool climate.

  • And it can take 18 months to grow.

  • Did we mention it was fussy?

  • Now Esme, I am somewhat of a committed plant mother myself.

  • If I want to grow wasabi at home what can I do?

  • Is there a list? Some tips?

  • Can't really share any secrets other to say you would struggle to grow it yourself.

  • Ahhh, so you've got a secret locked away there.

  • So really, what are we missing out on then?

  • I mean, they look the same, surely they must taste the same?

  • The flavour's certainly different.

  • Um, Wasabi is a much, ah, sweeter flavour.

  • It's quite delicate, you still get the heat but it dissipates quite quickly.

  • Armed to the knowledge that until this point my life had basically been a lie.

  • My entire sushi train experience quite possibly a load of fake news.

  • I had to double check Esme's claims and there was really only one way to do it.

  • F**k, s**t. No, no, f**k this. I'm not f**king doing this. F**k this s**t.

So, one time when I was 12 I was grounded 'cause I convinced my friend's little sister to eat a whole spoon of this.

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What's really in your wasabi?

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    Hiroki posted on 2019/05/31
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