If you’ve ever ordered a plate of sushi, then chances are you have encountered Wasabi Paste. It is Japan’s favorite condiment, and is used to accompany many different types of Sashimi, Sushi and some noodle dishes.
With a hot, distinct flavor it adds a real zest to these otherwise mild foods. Best of all, seconds after eating your wasabi dipped sushi, you will notice the hot sensation subside. Unlike other spicy flavorings there is no lasting taste or sensations with Wasabi.
It is generally believed that the first use of Wasabi in dishes occurred after it was found growing wild in the valleys of Mt. Mizuo, Mt. Bahun and Mt. Heike. The Wasabi was gathered and used as a condiment for venison and trout. The leaves and the stalks were also eaten as a vegetable by the locals.