Have you ever tasted Real Wasabi?

Many of our first –time customers have not.
Once they try the real thing they rarely go back !

Shima Wasabi is the largest commercial wasabi farm in Australia. Located in Tasmania’s temperate northwest, Shima Wasabi is world class quality.

Wasabi has growing interest around the world and is used in a variety of ways including as a condiment with steak, with sashimi and even in cocktails ( try a Japanese Bloody Mary).  Many say wasabi has fantastic properties for inner wellness.

From the ‘Volcanic’ heat of some freshly grated wasabi stem  (the rhizome) to the moderate heat of wasabi paste made from rehydrating our freeze dried powder to the ‘milder’ wasabi leaves and stalks, you are sure to find something to suit your needs.

 

 

 

 

Culinary trivia: what to know about wasabi

Most powdered wasabi sold across the world is made from horseradish, not wasabi. The chemical in wasabi that provides its initial pungency is the volatile allyl isothiocyanate , which is released by the grating of the plant stem. Release of the chemical is a natural defence mechanism, which also occurs when the plant is damaged. Research has shown that the isothiocyanate compounds produced by the plant inhibit microbe growth, perhaps with implications for preserving food against spoilage and suppressing oral bacterial growth. Because the burning sensations of wasabi are not oil-based, they are short-lived compared to the effects of chili peppers, and are washed away with more food or liquid. The sensation is felt primarily in the nasal passage and can be quite painful depending on the amount consumed. Inhaling or sniffing wasabi vapor has an effect like smelling salts, a property exploited by researchers attempting to create a smoke alarm for the deaf. The 2011 Ig Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to the researchers for determining the ideal density of airborne wasabi to wake people in the event of an emergency.

Look out for Shima Wasabi next time you visit the supermarket

Try our versatile wasabi powder and spices, or taste some sensational gourmet products that contain fresh wasabi. You can pick them up in your local supermarket or buy selected products online now.