A Review of Clearspring Wasabi Powder – 25gm tin
This general look-alike tin of wasabi powder can be found on a lot of store shelves. I suppose that there is nothing wrong with that, but I feel that this is just another of the generic products out there that the producer and marketer have no real feeling for except for the bottom line.
Ingredients shown on the package
Horseradish, mustard, wasabi (10%)
Other information shown on the package
Making Clearspring wasabi
To make, the fresh authentic wasabi root is harvested where it grows in the mountains of Japan, cut and freeze dried, and then ground into powder. It is then mixed together with mustard powder, formed from grinding a cake made of mustard oil, and ground up horseradish, which has been sliced and dried.
Producer – Kaneku Company, Oume Tokyo
At least in this product they claim 10% wasabi is used in its production. What part of the plant is used? It is more likely to be cheaper parts, such as the leaf (for the colour) and/or the petiole (stalk) and not the expensive rhizome (swollen root).
Have a look at the Eden wasabi tin and product description. Don’t they appear remarkably similar except for the label? Surely a coincidence?
There are no instructions on the tin for preparing the paste from this product, or how to store the powder to maintain it in good condition. Also there are no recommendations for the use of the paste, or even of the powder.
The producer of this product (Kaneku Company) also puts out their own product of Wasabi Powder (see review) where the ingredients are totally different to this product. Doesn’t this remind you of the Alice in Wonderland quote “Stranger and stranger”.
The flavour of the paste when made up is strong, but somewhat floury on the tongue. The nose tingling affect is noticeable, but it seems to linger a bit long. Also the taste on the tongue is much too strong (probably the mustard) and does not disappear immediately. There is not a pleasant sweetish after-taste, but a feeling of relief when the taste finally does go.
Overall, I did not feel a desire to have some more and enjoy the experience.
This product contains some wasabi (10%) although there is no indication if it is leaf and petioles (stem) only. I suspect that there is no rhizome (swollen root), which contains most of the flavour and kick, in this mix, otherwise there would be no need to include the mustard or horseradish.
Look for better options by reading the ingredients list on any products you purchase.
I didn’t enjoy this product and I know there are better ones in the marketplace and on the Internet for a similar price.
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