Sunday, March 07, 2010

Wondering About Wasabi?

Does wasabi, the Japanese mustard that comes with sushi, have any health benefits? It always seems to clear my sinuses, at least temporarily.
The answer to your question is yes... and no. First of all, you should know that the green paste that usually comes with sushi isn't really wasabi. It is a combination of horseradish, Chinese mustard and green food coloring. And it may surprise you to learn that this imitation product is now so widely used that - with the exception of some top-flight restaurants that still use genuine wasabi - it even accompanies sushi in Japan. (I've been told by wasabi experts that only about five percent of the restaurants in Japan serve the real thing, and I've found real wasabi in the United States only in high-end Japanese restaurants in New York and California.) Read more...

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