Many people may discard the idea of growing vegetables but with the health benefits of wasabi being so abundant, the question of how to grow your own wasabi is on many people’s lips.
Wasabi is Japanese horseradish and is probably very rare to have been grown by any western gardeners. Some people might have tried radishes and other horseradishes but wasabi is a difficult vegetable to grow and this can make it even more interesting to try. As wasabi is an accompanying dish, you don’t need to worry about growing hundreds of them. A small corner in your vegetable patch will do. Here is how to grow your own wasabi at home.
In order to grow your own wasabi, you need a shaded and well-drained area. As it is difficult to grow in Japan, where it originates from, you must try and replicate how it grows there. Sunlight is not important, but a plentiful supply of water is. Many gardeners who have asked themselves how to grow your own wasabi find that hydroponics or an aquaponic set up works the best for a successful crop as it requires a lot of regular water.
Wasabi can take a long time to grow, up to 2 years in some cases. This makes it expensive and the price is generally in the $100 per kilo range. When you ask how to grow your own wasabi, it is important to get the right shaded area and the right seeds, but even that can be difficult. Try Asian stores or Japanese restaurants as they might know a company who can import them for you.
So, at the beginning, two years ago you asked how to grow your own wasabi. Now you are sitting there with a root vegetable and are asking what you do with it. It is best to grind it into a fine powder as the lifespan is only a few months once it is pulled from the ground. Mix the powdered wasabi with water to make a puree and then that is it. You can use it with sushi, sashimi and steaks or anything really.
Some people think wasabi is made from peas, but really those peas that are sold have just been marinated in wasabi puree.