Wasabi green mustard is a distinctive and essential ingredient in Japanese cooking. You’re probably accustomed to seeing it alongside your sushi, but did you know that there’s a very high chance you’ve never tasted real wasabi? Most of the green paste that accompanies your sushi is reconstituted horseradish powder, while the real wasabi is an incredibly complex, sweet yet spicy paste obtained from grating fresh Japanese mustard bulbs.
The Izu Peninsula, which is overlooked by Mt. Fuji, produces Japan’s and consequently the world’s finest wasabi. Customers on Walk Japan’s Izu Geo Trail come across plots hidden in the forest, where wasabi is cultivated in the sparkling spring waters that flow copiously from Izu’s mountains. During many meals, they also prepare their own wasabi to enjoy with the plentiful fish caught each day in the seas surrounding the peninsula.