Hey yo! It’s Mr. Wada on duty. You know Wasabi right? It is the same family of horse radish etc, commonly used for having with sashimi or sushi in Japan. But most of wasabi we have in daily life is in tube or powder which are NOT real. I will share our trip to a wasabi plantation in Tottori Prefecture this time.
Where Wasabi Grows
Apparently wasabi grows only in clean water. Wasabi plantations in Shizuoka Prefecture and Nagano Prefecture are very well-known. Lately we saw them on TV and thought if there would be one in Okayama or somewhere nearby, and yes, we found one in Tottori Prefecture.
Oh hey, I see wasabi plants down there. Looks like he’s planting wasabi.
Wow, that’s all wasabi? Amazing. Water looked so clean and super cold also! (apparently temperature of water remains under 10 Celsius degrees even in summer). Turns out, he owns this wasabi plantation.
He told me, he and his family take care of this place. Apparently it takes 2 YEARS to harvest each wasabi plant! Really really amazing work and it must take so much patience and effort (I would give up and harvest in a month).
It was all new for us. Now we are starting to wonder how these taste like (it didn’t seem that we could have a bite at the plantation). It must be different than regular wasabi in tube for sure. So, we had one for lunch at Wasabi Cafe at the central!
See you around!