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Island of Ireland Wasabi Plants

Wasabi Crop is located in the Orchard County of Armagh on the Island of Ireland. The specific climate of Northern Ireland enables the right conditions to grow these rhizomes sometimes known as wasabi root. We are committed to growing and supplying wasabi rhizomes to all our customers.

Putting Down Roots - Growing Wasabi in Northern Ireland

Wasabia japonica or Eutrema japonica known as the 'King of Herbs' adds a distinct flavour, an unusual pale green colour to foods and is particularly prevalent in Japanese cuisine.

Interestingly the rhizome - although hot in flavour - is refreshing in the aftertaste with a distinctive heat component which quickly dissipates in the mouth. This action leaves an enjoyable and mild sweet vegetable taste with no burning sensation or unpleasant aftertaste.

These rhizomes add an aesthetic and culinary appeal to various foodstuffs and are popular in Japan. Today, wasabi rhizomes are finding widespread use in Western cuisine especially with its ability to convert an ordinary dish to an extra special one with unique flavour and compelling taste.

James and Paul make a visit to see Zak Kitson at Wasabi Crop and discover real wasabi being cultivated in County Armagh -  a rarity outside of Japan. James cooks with fresh wasabi rhizomes  overlooking the dramatic backdrop of Slieve Gullion – the highest point in Armagh. 
Island to Highlands James Martin visits Wasabi Crop

Health Benefits of Wasabi

Wasabi can make a significant contribution to a healthy diet as it contains fibre, protein and energy. It also consists of a variety of minerals which include calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium and zinc. All of these natural elements contribute to an overall balanced diet and healthy well-being. Research articles on the medical uses of Wasabia japonica   

Ear to the Ground

Ella McSweeney the presenter of Ear to the Ground went to visit first-time wasabi farmers Dr Sean Kitson and his son Zak to harvest some rhizomes.

Green Gold”. “King of the Herbs”. Wasabi, traditionally served with Japanese cuisine, has a lot of nicknames. But according to the first man on the island of Ireland to grow wasabi commercially, Sean Kitson, all may not be as it seems. He joined Ray D’Arcy to give him the lowdown on the most expensive vegetable in the world.



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