Real Wasabi Founders
- Doug Lambrecht (middle) and Brooks Quinn (right) visiting with 3rd generation Wasabi farmer in Matsumoto Japan
Celebrating the Authenticity of Wasabia japonica
Most "wasabi" isn't and sadly, most wasabi products in the world contain no wasabi whatsoever. Unlike “faux wasabi” made from horseradish, mustard and food coloring that assaults sinuses when eaten, Real Wasabi™ is heralded by chefs around the world for its unique agreeable short lived heat and nuanced sweet aftertaste.
Experience authentic Japanese wasabi and your taste buds will never be the same.
Real Wasabi™ products are made from Wasabia japonica grown in the misty mountains of North Carolina, Asia and elsewhere. Our products, ranging from plants to fresh rhizomes, leaves, stems, paste and powders are available via direct sale online, which allows us to control quality and offer you the finest authentic Real Wasabi products in the world delivered to your door.
WELCOME TO REAL WASABI
Consumers of sushi know wasabi, or at least think they do... Truth is, most so called wasabi isn't, and the majority of products claiming to contain wasabi don't.
What typically passes for "wasabi" is a mixture of horseradish, food coloring, mustard, cornstarch and sadly, is a mere shadow of the real deal.
REAL WASABI is one of the rarest and most expensive crops in the world and is extremely difficult to grow.
Maybe you are interested in learning about where organic wasabi grows and how it serves up such unique thrills to our taste buds, or perhaps you've heard of wasabi's health benefits and promising hair growth properties, that have the scientific world buzzing..., you've come to the right place.
Experience the memorable Fiery Taste, Smooth Finish™ of authentic wasabi, but be forewarned ;-) like exposure to fine wines, one taste of Real Wasabi™ products may leave you forever dissatisfied with "faux wasabi" imitations.
Water Grown Wasabi In Misty Mountain Streams
Wasabia japonica plants are slow growing perennials with a rooted, thickened stem (rhizome), long petioles and large leaves. All parts of the wasabi japonica plant, including rhizomes, roots, stems and leaves are harvested, processed and valued for use. The rhizome serves as storage for the plant’s nutrients.
Experience the Difference
If you've never tried Real Wasabi, we invite you to indulge in one of the most coveted and rare ingredients in fine Japanese cuisine. Taste the subtle nuanced flavor Japanese Wasabi. Appreciate the savory elegance of Real Wasabi's fiery taste and smooth finish.
REAL WASABI TASTE SAMPLER
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Wasabi Protected with Shade Cloth
Typically the rhizome will reach a size of six to eight inches long and an inch or so in diameter in approximately twenty four months.
Japanese Wasabi Vendor
Real Wasabi FoundersDoug Lambrecht (middle) and Brooks Quinn (right) visiting with 3rd generation Wasabi farmer in Matsumoto Japan
Japanese Wasabi Vendor
Baby plant starts
After this initial establishment phase the rhizome begins to build and store reproductive nutrients. It is this concentration of energy which produces the best flavors so the rhizomes are generally the most valued for culinary purposes.
Consumers of sushi know wasabi, or at least think they do...
Whether you're a chef, foodie, formulator, consumer or farmer, we invite you to settle in and enjoy exploring a growing wealth of wasabi lore, history, recipes, scientific insights and more...
Real Wasabi Powder Preparation
Dried Ground Real Wasabi™ is tasty and convenient. This carefully formulated powder is not for everyone and admittedly requires some special and patient handling.
Handling and Preparation /Fresh Wasabi Rhizomes
Fresh wasabi is a rare and expensive delicacy that deserves proper handling. Like any vegetable, wasabi is at its best when served as close to harvest time as possible.
Wasabi Chicken Kabobs
Easy Asian Halibut Saute
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How to Grow Your Wasabi Plant
Wasabi Anti-Cancer Properties
Why use fake wasabi on superior sushi?
NAPA VALLEY REGISTER
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Baked Onion Rings with Homemade Wasabi Ranch Dressing
Real Wasabi, LLC's home office is near Hilton Head Island, SC
We are a pioneering wasabi grower, importer and manufacturer of products made from authentic Wasabi Japonica.
Wasabi Hair Growth Studies
6-(Methylsulfinyl) hexyl isothiocyanate (6-MITC or 6-MSITC) is a compound within the isothiocyanate group of organosulfur compounds. 6-MITC is obtained from cruciferous vegetables, chiefly wasabi. Like other isothiocyanates, it is produced when the enzyme myrosinase transforms the associated glucosinolate into 6-MITC upon cell injury.
It is a trend in Japan to apply freshly grated wasabi stem to the hair. the world's largest wasabi producer, claims that 6-MITC promotes hair regrowth.