This Japanese version of horseradish is from the wasabi root, which is indigenous to Japan. Wasabi is used to make a green-colored condiment that has a sharp, pungent, fiery flavor. The powdered form (light gray color) changes to a bright green paste when mixed with water. Fresh wasabi, available in some specialty markets, can be grated like horseradish. Wasabi is traditionally used to garnish sushi and soba noodle dishes.
Season: available year-round
Matches well with: sashimi, sushi