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For all you sushi junkies out there, wasabi may be a near necessary condiment.
The green substance stimulates the nasal passage and gives a fiery kick to the already delightful texture of the sushi.
Now for the grand reveal; what you’ve been eating probably isn’t wasabi.
According to UFUNK, more often than not, dyed horse radish is often used as a more affordable substitute for real wasabi, which is rarer and hence, more costly.
In fact, real wasabi has a complex taste; spicy followed by a sweet aftertaste, as explained by an experienced sushi chef in the video.
The high prices of wasabi stems from the demanding conditions needed to cultivate the crops, including a delicate balance of sunlight, spring water and temperature.
Watch the video below and discover more about the humble wasabi.