Delicious edible white wasabi flowers
Wasabi Flowers are part of the wasabi plant and the length of the average stem is about 10-15 cm. These are connected to heart-shaped leaves which can grow to about 5 cm. Every stem consists of up to 5 leaves in any growth period. Therefore, approximately 10 wasabi flowers on each stem eventually blooming into small star-shaped flowers with white petals. The texture of these fresh edible wasabi flowers is crunchy and produces a zingy bite with a flavour associated with the taste of grated fresh wasabi root.
At present Wasabi Flowers are out of season but will be back in early spring. If you would like to be informed send the Wasabi Crop Team an email.
These Wasabi flowers are sold in 50 g bunches and each stem has a cluster of about 10-12 flowers. They can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.
These exquisite wasabi flowers contain enough of a wasabi kick: this makes wasabi flowers a rare edible decoration for your favourite dish, especially on sushi, sashimi, meat and fish. In addition, these amazing wasabi flowers would look perfect on canapés and even on your favourite dessert. Wasabi flowers are sold with the stems on and can also be used in salads or as a garnish.
The nutritional value of wasabi flowers is derived from the glucosinolates: these produce the spicy flavour of wasabi rhizomes and contain compounds that may have anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties.
Furthermore, wasabi flowers are an excellent addition for sautéing and your favourite stir-fry. Fresh wasabi flowers can also be added to salads, used as a topping for miso soup and undo or soba: this is in addition to garnishing your favourite sushi rolls.
For the more adventurous, why not try decorating your favourite cocktail with a sprinkle of wasabi flowers to give it a mild wasabi kick. In Japanese cuisine, wasabi flowers are also used in a pickled dish known as Wasabi Zuke.