When you hear the word “wasabi”, you likely first think of sushi or wasabi peas.
It’s that spicy green paste that comes next to the ginger or the powder that coats that crunchy snack. But what is wasabi really? How hot is it? And can you find it easily in stores?
The answers will surprise you. In fact, unless you’re in Japan, a gourmet store, or a high-end restaurant, what you often get as wasabi is actually something else entirely.