Wasabi is a Japanese plant that belongs to the cabbage family. It has a thick green root which used in cooking.
Wasabi tastes a lot like horseradish. It has a hot, spicy flavour that clears the nasal passage. It is used in Japanese cuisine in soba noodles, sashimi and sushi. It’s most popular use is as an accompaniment for sushi. Wasabi is grated or ground to form a bright green paste, which has a strong scent and flavour. It is eaten in very small quantities along with sushi. Since wasabi is difficult to grow outside of Japan, ground wasabi is usually packaged in tubes and sold around the world.
Wasabi is said to have strong anti-bacterial properties, which is why it is eaten with raw sashimi. It is said to disinfect raw meat.