Though wasabi is a condiment found in every American sushi restaurant, the plant from which it is derived is not native to the United States. As this video shows, domestic wasabi farms are both rare and extremely interesting to visit.
The entire wasabi plant is edible; however, only the rhizome is typically harvested for consumption. The rhizome is often mistaken for the wasabi root, but it actually grows above ground. Japanese wasabi plants thrive along creeks and prefer cool, wet, and highly-oxygenated areas. Under the right conditions, it may take anywhere from one to three years before the rhizomes are ready to be collected. They are then separated from the leaves and roots and shipped to wasabi manufacturers or restaurants.
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