I’m growing fresh wasabi on my balcony!9

Posted on July 2, 2011 by ChristieTaste Tests

If you are a long-term reader of my blog then you’ll know I am mad about wasabi.

If you are new here, then… I am mad about wasabi!

You might remember that way back in April 2009 I was sent some fresh wasabi to experiment with and I had a great time using it in a delicious spinach and avocado salad and salmon wasabi leaf canapes.

This time, I am growing wasabi fresh on my balcony, and it’s all thanks to the lovely people at Four Seasons Herbs who sent me these little plants via Australia Post!

I have to publicly admit here that I am a terrible gardener. Terrible. I was bad before I had a baby, but now that I am focused on keeping her alive, my plants have even less luck in that department.

At least I can cook. You can’t be good at everything, right?

Saying that, I am going to try. my. very. best. to keep these beautiful little plants alive and happy. Did you know that all parts of the plant are edible? The root, which gets grated into a nose-tingling wasabi paste, the leaves and the stems.

I am beyond excited at the (likely) prospect that by this time next year I will have wasabi root to experiment with in the kitchen and enough wasabi leaves and stems to populate my salads all year round. They need a really shady and humid environment to replicate the wet edges of mountain streams in Japan where they originate – so they will, hopefully, live happily in a sun-free corner of my balcony where nothing much else survives.

If you’re a wasabi lover or keen gardener then check out the Four Seasons Herbs website for a full list of their plants and seeds for sale. These wasabi ones are only $25 for the two small plants, which is a bargain when you think about the kind of posh Japanese restaurants you’d have to frequent to get the pure, fresh stuff.

I’ll be sure to update you in the coming months on how healthy the plants are and any recipes I create with the results!

What do you think? Would you use wasabi enough to grow it?

Fig & Cherry received the wasabi plants with compliments from Four Seasons Herbs.

Christie x
  • How exciting and I’ll certainly be ordering some of these with my next pay! I think if you go to the effort of growing such a lovely ingredient and watching it grow, then you get excited about putting it to good use.
    I already grow heaps of ‘normal’ veggies, and Native finger limes, kaffir limes, garlic, lemon grass, laksa leaf, saffron and have a truffle tree growing too. This will be a great addition to my cheffy patch.
    I’ve been really wanting to try out the leaves of the wasabi for a few dishes I’ve got in mind, Yumm…

    • Ooh finger limes – yum! Let me know how you go if you buy them – we can report back to each other :)

  • Fiona McAuliffe

    Wow!

    Yes I am going to attempt to grow these beauties. Would a bathroom that gets really steamy each morning be enough?

    Now, what recipe shall i start with first…

    • I’m not sure Fiona – I will get Four Seasons Herbs to reply here.

    • Hi Fiona, Wasabi is best grown outdoors. Although, it does have beautiful looking leaves and would make a good looking indoor plant! best to try one outside in full shade, and keep it well watered. We have customers who are growing them in Adelaide (hot and dry), Cairns (humid and wet), Sydney (temperate) and in Tassie (cold wet winters and dry summers) so its a matter of keeping the sun off it and soil/potting mix nice and moist.Hope this helps,

      Tara

  • I am not the best at gardening as well, although I don’t think I could grow those plants in Canberra as there is no humidity here at all!

  • Absolutely! One day I’ll get around to making my own wasabi peas. One day.

  • Kat

    How did they turned out Christie?

  • chris

    Could I grow wasabi in my river or at the side of river I have fresh crest that grows in abundance

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