Our water-grown wasabi has been sampled by some of the world’s finest chefs* and been found to be equal to the highest-grade product grown in Japan. With Frog Eyes Wasabi, you can use fresh, locally-grown wasabi, shipped directly from the farm.
Most of the “wasabi” provided to customers in restaurants is primarily horseradish and green-colored food dye. The wasabi powder or packaged paste found in grocery stores has varying amounts of wasabi. Thus many of our first-time customers had never before tasted fresh wasabi. Fresh wasabi has a unique flavor and distinctive heat that is much richer than the horseradish-based paste. These pastes are essentially starch and heat; like a hot potato, present in the palate, but not really contributing to the dish. Fresh, real wasabi has a deep vegetal flavor similar to asparagus and artichoke hearts; which is why it pairs so well with so many foods including steak, oysters, noodles, potatoes and of course, fish.
* Iron Chef Morimoto used fresh wasabi leaves and rhizome from our farm on the August 8, 2011 Season 9 episode 15 of Iron.Chef.America; episode # S09E15 Morimoto.vs.Tila Episode (IA0905H). Also found here: http://www.yidio.com/show/iron-chef-america
* Frog Eyes Wasabi has been compared to Japanese-grown wasabi by both U.S. and Japanese chefs. It’s flavor, heat and texture has been found to be equal.Content copyright 2009-2013. Frog Eyes Wasabi. All rights reserved.