3 More BBQ Season Suggestions!

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3 More BBQ Season Suggestions!

 We recently shared 3 ways that you could use our Wasabi Seasoning Salt and Rub to bring the zest and joy of wasabi flavor with you this summer as you head out to Picnics and BBQs – Here is a link to that article www.thewasabistore.com/thewasabistore/d2nh57f4y3nfpmp5nlhlw785g9flka

Here Are 3 More BBQ Season Suggestions That Have Been Shared With Us!

 #1 Add Pineapple and our Wasabi Seasoning Salt and Rub to Macaroni Salad.

#2 If you bring a Vegetable Tray consider stirring some of our Wasabi Seasoning Salt and Rub into the Ranch Dressing.

#3 We have it on good authority that Baked Beans love to be sprinkled with our Lemon Wasabi Seasoning Salt and Rub.

 If you are ready to place your order for Wasabi Seasoning Salt and Rub please use this link here - www.thewasabistore.com/shop

We Would Love To Hear From You

If you have any more “BBQ Season” Suggestions for using our Wasabi Seasoning Salt and Rub please send them along! We would love to hear from you.

 You can email me at jennifer@oregoncoastwasabi.com or you can message us via the Oregon Coast Wasabi Facebook page - www.facebook.com/OregonCoastWasabi

 Wishing you all the best,

  Jennifer

Posted on July 2, 2019 .

An Amazing Wasabi Video. Not Ours.

The producer gave us permission to repost this. I’ve seen many wasabi videos and this one is quite powerful. Both the article content and video were masterfully done. We are the largest US wasabi producer/grower. Though we, nor any North American grower replicates the in-stream Japanese growing method, we are enthusiastically introducing this wonderful plant to the US.

Reference: https://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/585172/wasabi-fake/

Posted on June 29, 2019 .

Wasabi Garden Plant Height

A common question is: “how tall to the wasabi plants grow”? Answer, about 1 foot tall in marginal conditions. They can te twice as tall and much more full in better conditions.

Posted on June 29, 2019 .

It’s BBQ Season!

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It’s BBQ Season!

As spring turns into summer many people will be enjoying BBQs, getting together with friends & family, and picnics.

 We know that the memories made at gatherings like these are important, and that those memories often become even more cherished years down the road.

 We have some “BBQ Season” suggestions for you in case you want to bring the zest and joy of wasabi flavor with you this summer.

 When you are grilling, our Wasabi Seasoning Salt and Rub works great on both Chicken and Salmon.

 Simply use our wasabi seasoning salt just like you would any other BBQ rub before you put your meat on the grill.

 There is something magical about Corn on the Cob, and you can make a wasabi compound butter with our Wasabi Seasoning Salt and Rub that is tremendous!

 Lastly, trust me on this – add our Wasabi Seasoning Salt and Rub to Potato Salad to add a little zing!

 Whether you are making potato salad from scratch, or you have to make a quick stop at the store for some premade potato salad, add some of our Wasabi Seasoning Salt and Rub and thank me later!

 If you are ready to place your order for Wasabi Seasoning Salt and Rub please use this link here - http://www.thewasabistore.com/shop

 If you have any “BBQ Season” Suggestions for using our Wasabi Seasoning Salt and Rub please send them along! We would love to hear from you.

 You can email me at jennifer@oregoncoastwasabi.com or you can message us via our Facebook page - www.facebook.com/OregonCoastWasabi.

 

Wishing you all the best,

 Jennifer

 

Posted on June 14, 2019 .

13 Ways to Use All-Purpose Wasabi Seasoning Salt!

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13 Ways to Use All-Purpose Wasabi Seasoning Salt!

 We recently completed a giveaway for our All-Purpose Wasabi Seasoning Salt. The winners have been notified and some of the winners are going to be sending us some amazing recipes featuring our All-Purpose Wasabi Seasoning Salt. We will be sharing those recipes with you later this summer.

 In the course of that giveaway, many people wrote to us, and suggested quite a of number of great ways that All-Purpose Wasabi Seasoning Salt can be used.

 Here are 13 of those suggestions!

 Sprinkle on pizza

 Sprinkle on popcorn

 Sprinkle on green salad

 Sprinkle on a potato salad

 Sprinkle on a cream cheese bagel

 Sprinkle on avocado toast

 On an omelette

 On a fried egg

Use a rub for pork tenderloins

 Use as one of the ingredients for the crust on Prime Rib

 Use it in guacamole

 Use it to make a Wasabi Mayo

 Add it to hummus

If you have a favorite way to use All-Purpose Wasabi Seasoning Salt please write to us and let us know! We would love to hear from you!

 Perhaps you are now inspired to purchase some Wasabi Salt for yourself – here is the link to our store - - http://www.thewasabistore.com/shop

 Lastly I wanted to let you that here is the Portland metro we will be participating in a number of plant sales this spring – here is link with all of the dates and locations - http://www.thewasabistore.com/thewasabistore/rteb7fjnd32a5rp953gsr7hk58m7cy

 All The Best,

 Jennifer

Posted on March 31, 2019 .

Genuine Wasabi Powder!

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Genuine Wasabi Powder!

 I am so excited about our latest product - Genuine Wasabi Powder!

Now you can get the clean, spicy, fresh flavor of genuine wasabi in a convenient powder. 
Most “wasabi powder” is a blend of mustard, horseradish, and dyes, our powder is made from 100% genuine wasabi - no fillers!

Easy to Use 

Mix our Wasabi Powder with water to make a paste.  Cover and let it rest for 10 minutes to allow it to develop its full flavor. 

The resulting wasabi paste is perfect for sushi or mixing into dipping sauces, salad dressings, or mayonnaise.

If you would like to order our Genuine Wasabi Powder see this link here – www.thewasabistore.com/shop/genuine-wasabi-powder

 All The Best,

 Jennifer


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Posted on March 8, 2019 .

Oregon Coast Wasabi Spring 2019 Plant Sale Events

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Oregon Coast Wasabi Spring 2019 Plant Sale Events

 We will be attending 6 different plant sale events here in the Portland, Oregon metro area this spring. Please see below for the list of events.

At each of these plant sale events we will have Wasabi Plant Starts with us for you to purchase so you can grow wasabi in your backyard!

 www.GrowWasabiInYourBackyard.com

 We Ship Wasabi Plant Starts
If you do not happen to live in the Portland, Oregon area, you can order your Wasabi Plant Starts right here - www.thewasabistore.com/shop/wasabi-plantlet

List of Spring 2019 Plant Sale Events

 April 6 - Oregon Coast Wasabi at GardenPalooza 2019 Aurora, Oregon
For more details and to RSVP go to
www.facebook.com/events/2275392882700311/

April 13 - Oregon Coast Wasabi at the 2019 Leach Botanical Garden Plant Sale Portland, Oregon
For more details and to RSVP go to www.facebook.com/events/349153525602482/

 April 20 - Oregon Coast Wasabi at Hortlandia 2019 Portland, Oregon
For more details and to RSVP go to
www.facebook.com/events/349618628971433/

 May 4 - Oregon Coast Wasabi at the 2019 Canby Spring Garden Fair Canby, Oregon
For more details and to RSVP go to
www.facebook.com/events/1736844453083406/

May 11 - Oregon Coast Wasabi at the 2019 Camas Plant & Garden Fair Camas, Washington
For more details and to RSVP go to
www.facebook.com/events/1225218404318739/

June 23 - Oregon Coast Wasabi at the 2019 McMinnville Garden Faire
For more details and to RSVP go to
www.facebook.com/events/262899854626598/

 

We look forward to seeing this spring!

 All The Best,

 Jennifer


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Posted on March 4, 2019 .

Pre-Order Your Wasabi Plants Starts!

Pre-Order Your Wasabi Plants Starts!

 Believe it or not, soon winter will lose it’s icy grip and spring will be here!

You can now pre-order your wasabi plant starts!

Place your order now, and your order will be sent to you the week of April 1st!

 Here is the link - www.thewasabistore.com/shop/wasabi-plantlet

 

By the way – if you have questions about growing wasabi you can check out this link here - www.GrowWasabiInYourBackyard.com

 

THANK YOU

 I wanted to say a BIG thank you to everyone who participated in our wasabi salt giveaway!

We received lots of wonderful creative uses for our wasabi salt and we will soon be posting an article listing all of them!

 We Have a Secret

 Lastly – I wanted to let you in on a secret… We have brand new wasabi product. We will be announcing this item very soon. If you poke around our store you might just find it.

 Jennifer

Posted on February 15, 2019 .

All-Purpose Wasabi Seasoning Salt Giveaway!

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All-Purpose Wasabi Seasoning Salt Giveaway!

 Over the next two weeks we are giving away 5 Gift Packs of our All-Purpose Wasabi Seasoning Salt!

 We want to hear how you use our All-Purpose Wasabi Seasoning Salt!

 Or perhaps you have not yet had our All-Purpose Wasabi Seasoning Salt, but you know exactly how you would use it if some arrived at you door! 

Please email us at info@thewasabistore.com and let us know!

 If you prefer you can message us via our Facebook page - www.facebook.com/OregonCoastWasabi

 We will select 5 different winners, and ship each of them a Gift Pack containing TWO Packs of our All-Purpose Wasabi Seasoning Salt – One package of Original, and One package of Lemon.

 We look forward to hearing from you and we hope that you win!

 In the meantime if you want to order some of our All-Purpose Wasabi Seasoning Salt right now – here is the link to our store - www.thewasabistore.com/shop

 Jennifer

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Posted on January 16, 2019 .

Give the Gift of Wasabi and Save 10%

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Give the Gift of Wasabi and Save 10%

 We know that many of you want to give the Gift of Wasabi this holiday season and we have a discount code for you so you can save 10%.

 Use code XMAS2018 when you check out and save 10% on everything you order!

 Our 2018 Holiday 10% discount code XMAS2018 will be in effect until Dec 31st.

 Please place your order by Midnight Pacific Standard Time Saturday December 15th to receive your order by Christmas.

 Wasabi Gifts!

 We have a five different gift packs – 3 Wasabi Salt gift packs, a Garden gift pack, a Culinary gift pack, and two different gift certificates – both Garden & Culinary available for you!

 Here is a link to our store- www.thewasabistore.com/shop

 Please Note – the Holiday 10% discount code XMAS2018 applies to every item in our store!

 Marcus and I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 Jennifer

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Posted on December 4, 2018 .

Planting Wasabi In The Garden Autumn 2018 and Amendment Experiment

For more information on planting wasabi, please visit the following: http://www.thewasabistore.com/wasabi-plant-starts/

This video re-plants two existing wine barrels with wasabi plant starts (seedlings). We use the recommended media which is standard potting soil and whatever nutrient amendment you have available. In our experiment, one barrel is amended with 1/2-inch pumice for added drainage. We will have photo updates of the plants in months to come. Thank you for watching! ~Markus Mead, Co-Founder and Farmer, Oregon Coast Wasabi.

Barrel A: No pumice. Showing the potting soil and nutrients only.

Barrel A: No pumice. Showing the potting soil and nutrients only.

Barrel B: Pumice and nutrients. Showing planted with the wasabi plant starts; bare root.

Barrel B: Pumice and nutrients. Showing planted with the wasabi plant starts; bare root.

Barrel B: closeup of a planted wasabi plantlet.

Barrel B: closeup of a planted wasabi plantlet.

Barrel A: No pumice showing planted with plant starts.

Barrel A: No pumice showing planted with plant starts.

Posted on November 25, 2018 .

New Video by Markus Mead the Wasabi Ambassador About Our Brand New All-Purpose Wasabi Seasoning Salt!

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Check out this video about our brand new All-Purpose Wasabi Seasoning Salt by Markus Mead the Wasabi Ambassador!

Here is the link you need to get your packet of Oregon Coast Wasabi All-Purpose Wasabi Seasoning Salt - www.thewasabistore.com/shop/all-purpose-wasabi-seasoning-salt-original  

For more information about Markus Mead the Wasabi Ambassador got to - http://www.thewasabistore.com/the-wasabi-ambassador-1/

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Posted on November 8, 2018 .

Introducing Our All-Purpose Wasabi Seasoning Salt!

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Introducing Our All-Purpose Wasabi Seasoning Salt!

We are thrilled to announce that we now have All-Purpose Wasabi Seasoning Salt!

 We are offering two flavors – Original and Lemon.

 Our All-Purpose Wasabi Seasoning Salt is now available for you to purchase.

 Any orders placed by Saturday November 3rd will ship by Monday November 5th and you will have your Wasabi Seasoning Salt in time for Thanksgiving!

 Here are the links –

Originalwww.thewasabistore.com/shop/all-purpose-wasabi-seasoning-salt-original

 

Lemonwww.thewasabistore.com/shop/all-purpose-wasabi-seasoning-salt-lemon

 

Please use the Discount Code - “SEASONINGSALT”  at check out. This will save you the equivalent of 30% off shipping.

 

Please Note – this is our first batch and we have a limited supply on hand.

Once this batch is sold out we will not have any more until December.

 

 Our All-Purpose Wasabi Seasoning Salt has many uses! We love it sprinkled on salad, popcorn, eggs, mashed potatoes, steak, chicken, fish and more!

 You can also as a dry rub for meat, and as a rim salt for cocktails!

This is a premium wasabi salt made with Kosher salt, and Oregon-grown freeze-dried wasabi and lemon peel.

 Please see the label for the complete list of ingredients. Pricing details - one 2 oz bag is $12.00

 We are bringing the zest and joy of wasabi flavor to your favorite dishes!

 

Sincerely,

 Jennifer

 Jennifer Bloeser

CEO and Co-Founder Oregon Coast Wasabi


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Posted on October 30, 2018 .

Planting Wasabi in The Fall

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Planting Wasabi in The Fall

One of the questions that we get asked is -  Can Wasabi be planted in the fall?  

The answer is “Yes!” you can plant wasabi in the fall!

In much the country during the fall the temperatures will be between 80 degrees and 32 degrees – temperatures between which wasabi does very well!

If you would like to order Wasabi Plant Starts so you can Grow Wasabi in Your Backyard see this link here - www.thewasabistore.com/shop/wasabi-plantlet

For More Information about growing Wasabi check out these two Oregon Coast Wasabi articles -

You Can Grow Wasabi In Your Back Yard
 www.GrowWasabiInYourBackyard.com

FAQs – Growing Wasabi in Your Backyard
www.thewasabistore.com/thewasabistore/3hr8l56aw66mttffs3z97268jcw5b4

 

 
 

 

Posted on August 20, 2018 .

Salt & Straw’s Raspberry Wasabi Sorbet Made With Oregon Coast Wasabi!

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Salt & Straw’s Raspberry Wasabi Sorbet Made With Oregon Coast Wasabi! 

We are thrilled to announce that Salt & Straw has made a wonderful Raspberry Wasabi Sorbet and this sorbet is made with Oregon Coast Wasabi!

This is how Salt & Straw describes this sorbet –

“This beautiful bright magenta sorbet has a punchy secret: sweetly hidden in every bite of raspberry flavor is a bit of freshly grated wasabi from Oregon Coast Wasabi, one of the only wasabi farms in the world outside of Japan. Fresh wasabi is like nothing you’ve ever experience, it has a bright, herbal taste, with a fraction of the heat.”

This sorbet is one of Salt & Straw’s July seasonals and it will be available at their Portland area stores.

The Raspberry Wasabi sorbet debuted yesterday - Friday June 29th, and Oregon Coast Wasabi CEO and Co-founder Jennifer Bloeser went to her local Salt & Straw and she loved this sorbet as did Pirro the wasabi farm dog!

Many thanks to Cynthia Ryan for the photo she took during Jennifer and Pirro's visit to Salt & Straw! 

 

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Posted on June 30, 2018 .

FAQs - Growing Wasabi in Your Backyard

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FAQs - Growing Wasabi in your Backyard

For those of you growing wasabi in your backyard we have put together this handy FAQ document.

Shade or sun?  Full shade. All year. Filtered sunlight is OK.

When to plant?  Wasabi can be planted any time of year.  It's not limited to spring planting.  We favor spring or autumn planting which assures a wet winter establishment period and ready in time for tender April leaves and leaf stems for wasabi zuke. 

What about transplant shock?  Wasabi is quite resistant to this shock.  The plants can be pulled out of the ground, the offshoots removed and everything replanted at any time.  If, after reading these FAQs, believe you could improve your plants' conditions, feel free to remove them from the ground, put them back in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks in a plastic bag with a damp paper towel inside, refine the growing conditions or location and replant. 

The plants are bare root, how soon should they be planted?  They can remain in the shipping bag for up to 3 weeks with no problem.  Open the plastic bag to allow the plants to breathe and insert a damp paper towel.  Plant them when the temperatures are lower and/or there is rain forecasted.  It's better to wait to plant them when conditions are better than try to plant them in a hot or dry period. 

Singular or grouped?  You can purchase one plant, however Wasabi plants in a group form a leaf canopy that retains soil moisture and shades the central stalk.  Plant them approximately 8 inches on center.  The more plants there are the more successful they seem to be. 

Is it cold tolerant? Yes.  The garden plants at our home in Portland, Oregon experience lower temperatures than the farm plants at the Coast.  Winter of 2016/2017 experienced multiple days below freezing and consecutive nights in the upper teens (see link here). 95% of the garden plants survived.  The summer of 2017 was hot and dry and we realized more plant loss than in the winter.  It seems that Wasabi has more cold tolerance than heat and dry tolerance.  Stated differently, summertime is more of a danger than winter (this is of course a generality).  We recommend  keeping more of the leaf canopy in height of the summer to provide shade to the central stalk.

Does it spread?   No.  Not like horseradish or mint or strawberries. Wasabi propagates via offshoots that grow from the base of the plant.  The offshoots don’t grow offshoots while it’s attached to the main plant/stalk.  You can control the area of wasabi by pulling off the offshoots and replanting them in the area you want them to occupy. 

When can the offshoots be removed?  They can be removed and separated at any time of year although spring and fall seem to be the best times.  Plant the offshoots about 8 inches apart.  This allows the plants to form a leaf canopy. 

How long do they live? At least up to 10 years.  Most of our garden plants are 3-4 years old.  

When is it harvested? Leaves and leaf stems are harvested at any time. Whenever the plants have enough leaves and stalks for whatever you want to do with them. The central stalk (rhizome) that is grated into paste will likely take two years to grow into the size you would want for a meal of 4-6 people. The leaves and leaf stems can be harvested about every 6-8 weeks (this is how long it will take the leaves to grow back) without negatively impacting the growth of the plant.  The plant is a brassica and like kale, brussels sprouts etc. the leaves can be removed while this central stalk grows.  

Planting Depth:  Plant them only as deep as it takes to keep them upright. About 1/2 inch.  If you are repotting your plant don’t plant them any deeper than they were in the original pot. Don't compact the soil to remove oxygen from the root zone.  Wasabi prefers an oxygenated environment at the root zone.  Keep the growing medium light and fluffy.  Don't compress the planting area after planting. 

What to plant in: We recommend a good potting soil. If your soil contains clay, amend with the following: coconut fiber, pumice, or gravel.  Optimal is potting soil, coconut fiber and pumice at a 1:1:1 ratio. Wasabi prefers an oxygenated environment at the root zone.  Keep the growing medium light and fluffy.  Don't compress the planting area after planting.

Can they be planted inside?  Yes, but don’t put it on the windowsill remember this is a shade plant. Bathrooms are good.  Dark corners with no direct light are good.  See "what to plant in" in this FAQ.

Would they be invasive in a stream?  No, wasabi is a very slow growing plant.  It won't compete for space or sunlight with other plants that likely grow faster than wasabi. (also reference
"Does it spread" and "How long before I can harvest")

Can they be planted in a stream? Yes.  Though wasabi is happy on the stream banks and even slightly up the bank.  It may not grow in the stream channel if the channel is too deep, it is not an aquatic plant.  So, plant it on the sides of the stream with water moving through the soil.

How long before I can harvest:  The central stalk (rhizome/ not root) is what is grated into a paste.  It will take about two years in a garden to grow a good sized rhizome. But the leaves and leaf stems (as opposed to the central stalk) can be harvested about 15 times while the stalk grows. We recommend to harvest the leaves and leaf stems at most every 6 -8 weeks depending on how fast your plants are growing.  We also recommend to harvest fewer leaves and leaf stems in the summer to allow a canopy to form which shades the central stalk and helps prevent it from drying out and retaining soil moisture.

Can the central stalk be cut to make paste and the plant still grow?  No.  The plant won’t regrow.  The plant needs both the roots and the top of the rhizome to grow.  Cutting off the top and replanting the top won’t work either: we tried.  Additionally, cutting off the bottom to retrieve the stalk won’t work either.  This doesn't work with carrots, and neither with wasabi.  Enjoy the leaves and leaf stems while the stalk grows.  Enjoy the flowers and the year-round greenery.  

What's the best soil type and pH?  Slightly acidic soil.  Wasabi prefers acidic soil to as low as to 5.8pH.  Planting under fir trees is ok but the tree roots can compact the soil, preventing the wasabi roots from growing and retarding canopy (leaf and leaf stem) growth.  If you plant under fir trees, make a raised bed or dig out an enlarged area and replace the soil with the optimal amended type described in "What to plant in".

Why do the plants arrive bare root and not in pots? Shipping the plants bare root is easier on the plant and reduces the shipping weight.

Does it flower?  Yes.  The plants begin flowering about late January or early February and will flower until early to mid-May.  The flowers are edible and can be tempura-fried or steeped into a tea or raw in a salad or cooked into soup.

Does it get bitter?  No.  The flavor doesn't change during the flowering cycle. 

Does it bolt? No. Wasabi is a perennial plant that produces leaves year-round, it does not bolt and die off.  The plant parts are edible and delicious through the flowering cycle. Each central stalk / rhizome will have undergone multiple flowering cycles before harvest.

Are there any pests?  Wasabi is susceptible to some fungal pathogens. Also, aphids and slugs are animal pests.  Wasabi grows like a banana plant and the leaves naturally die off over time if they aren’t harvested.  Slugs seem to prefer the dying leaves. Leave these on for the slugs to eat and they’ll leave the center leaves alone; for the most part. If you have pest issues, you can use Safer Soap for aphids and a water/bleach solution for any fungal pathogens.  Put 3-4 tablespoons of bleach in a gallon of water and soak the plants for 20 minutes.  Rinse them in clean water and replant in fresh soil.  You can trim off the leaves and leaf stems if they are pulling the plant over after replanting.

Does it have to grow in running water.  No. Wasabi is not an aquatic plant. Wasabi does just fine in soil with the right conditions.  Reference "Can they be planted in a stream".

How hot is it / is it as hot as restaurant wasabi?  The leaves are like a radish leaf or arugula.  The leaf stem is slightly hotter than that.  Both lose their heat when cooked.  The stalk is as hot as restaurant wasabi as long as it's grated to a fine paste.  The finer the paste, the more heat and flavor is released from inside the cell walls of the plant.  If it's shredded on a microplane or ginger grater, it is only slightly hot, not sweet and not as flavorful.  (Note, most North American restaurant wasabi is horseradish and green food dye and stabilizers with little or no actual wasabi.  Alas!  Indeed, this is why we started this business, to bring fresh wasabi to more people to enjoy.)

How big do they get?  Height: approximately 2-3 feet.  Canopy: approximately 1.5 feet diameter.  Stalk: range from 0.5 inches to 2 inches diameter.  Leaves: up to 6 inches in diameter.  Leaf stems: up to 1.5 feet in length.

Do they die back?  No.  But they do grow more slowly in the heat of the summer and during any frost. 

Are they going to take over my yard or stream.  No.  Reference Would they be invasive in a stream?

Are they pet friendly? We've had one report that pet rabbits like eating the plant.  The rabbit was perfectly healthy.  We have also heard from people who have had their chickens and goats eat the plants. They are a bit spicy for deer.  We know of no known negative reaction with any animal. 

Will I kill the plant when harvesting the central stalk / rhizome.  Yes. Reference
 

Can I grow them in pots.  Yes.  Reference Can they be planted inside?

How big of a pot?   1-2 gallon sized pot for a single plant.  5-gallon for three plants or larger for more.  Reference When can the offshoots be removed?

What parts are edible: The entire plant including the central stalk (rhizome), leaves, leaf stems, flowers and roots.  

Should I peel the stalk before grating?  No.  We offer a brush to remove any dirt, or excess vegetal matter. 

How to eat the leaves or leaf stems?  Generally, raw, steamed, sautéed or juiced.  See our recipe page for more ideas.

How to divide the plant and offshoots.  Pull the entire plant out of the ground.  Wash off the roots in water either with a hose or soak in a water bucket.  The plant is quite physically robust, this won't harm the plant.  Gently pull the offshoots and associated roots away from the main plant.  Replant to appropriate depth and spacing.  

Planted under trees.   Yes. Reference What's the best soil type and pH

How much water in the summer?  As much as one would water lettuce.  Assure no direct sunlight for any amount of time in summer. 

UNHAPPY PLANT SYMPTONS AND LIKELY CONDITIONS

Leaf crinkle: likely aphids.

Yellow leaves on the side.  With green leaves in center.  This is natural.  The leaves naturally die away.

Top/central leaves are yellow.  Unhappy.  Amend soil with "optimal" ratio or the soil is holding too much water. 

Grow slow.  Too dry, too wet, too hot or too cold. 

Droopy leaves:  too much sunlight

Light red stems:  when young this is typical.  

Dark red stems : The plant is  unhappy.  Likely too much water at the roots. Amend the soil and relocate to another shady spot. 

 

Posted on June 21, 2018 .

Garden Wasabi Flowers and Spring Harvest and Fermentation

Markus Mead, Co-Founder and Farmer of Oregon Coast Wasabi.  Jennifer's husband and business partner

“Harvesting”, “picking” the heart-shaped leaves and wasabi stalks from the garden wasabi that was last “harvested” on December 6(?) approximately 2017.  The video shows the harvesting and leaf growth and some fertilizing.  The photos then show the steps of how I prepared the heart-shaped leaves and wasabi stalks for a slow ferment (identical to sauerkraut process), as opposed to a quick ferment wasabi zuke-sytle.  In another two weeks in a successive article, I’ll remove the vegetable (stalks and leaves) from the ferment and report on the taste.  Thank you for your interest in our produce.

~Markus

Step 1 (not shown) Wash the wasabi very well in a colander.  I recommend washing the leaves multiple times.  Slugs can leave "waste" on the underside which shouldn't be fermented. 

Step 2: separate the leaves and stalks (shown)

Step 3: cut leaves to desired size.  This is my preferred size.  The leaves will shrink naturally during fermentation from losing water.  

Step 4: cut stalks into desired length.  Mine are uneven, but 1/4 inch to 1 inch and includes flowers. 

Step 4: place salt in the bowl and mascerate to release water (standard sauerkraut process).  Place in a fermentation vessel and wait for your desired length of timm.  Then, remove and eat! 

Posted on March 25, 2018 .

Freezing Temperatures? No Problem! Garden Wasabi Cold Tolerance

Markus Mead, Co-Founder and Farmer of Oregon Coast Wasabi.  Jennifer’s husband and business partner.

Freezing Temperatures Are Tolerated by Flowering Garden Wasabi

This video shows the garden wasabi plants following several below-freezing nights and about one inch of snow in late February.  The video was filmed on Sunday Feb. 25 and the low on Friday Feb. 23 was 21 degrees fahrenheit and snowing.  Only one leaf indicated a slight bit of cold damage evidenced by a bruising.  Though, the majority of the heart-shaped leaves and leaf stalks and flowers were undamaged by the frost. 

Next video will harvest these leaves and leaf stems and ferment them in the same method as simple sauerkraut and make a cup of tea by steeping the wasabi flowers.

Markus

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Posted on February 25, 2018 .

You Can Grow Wasabi In Your Back Yard

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You Can Grow Wasabi In Your Back Yard

It is easier to grow wasabi than you might think!

We recently sat down with Jennifer Bloeser talking about how to grow Wasabi Plant Starts here in the US.

Jennifer Bloeser is the CEO and Co-founder (along with her husband Markus) of Oregon Coast Wasabi.

Below is what we learned from Jennifer.
 

How To Grow Wasabi Plant Starts

People offer think that it is very difficult to grow wasabi. The truth is that there are only a couple of secrets to growing wasabi and after to speaking with Jennifer we now know those secrets and this article will share those secrets with you!

Not only do Jennifer and Markus have the largest wasabi farm in the United States, they also grow wasabi in their very own yard in half wine barrels.

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Wasabi Plants Needs Full Shade

If you are going to grow wasabi in your backyard you need to make sure that your wasabi plants have full shade.

You can use the shade of another tree, the corner of your from porch, against your deck. Anywhere that you can get full shade.

To be overly clear – if a wasabi plant gets sunlight it will wither and droop very quickly.

Water Your Wasabi Plant Like You Would Water Lettuce

Lettuce lets you know right away if it needs more water. Bottom line – keep the sail moist.

Please note; while a wasabi plants native habitat in Japan is in a streambed, wasabi is not an aquatic plant and wasabi does not like to be in standing water.

Bottom Line – well drained, wet soil but not standing water.

 

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You Can Grow Wasabi in Pots

One option that is very successful for growing wasabi is to plant your wasabi starts in 1 to 2 gallon pots with good potting soil.  Doing this gives you flexibility for when the weather turns too cold or too hot. When that happen happens simply bring your wasabi plant indoors.

So what is too hot or too cold? Glad you asked! See immediately below for that answer!

What Parts of the United States Can You Grow Wasabi In?

Wasabi can and does grow all over the United States!

What you need to watch out for is weather that is too either too hot or too cold.

If the weather gets over 80 degrees or under 32 degrees - simply bring your pots inside and keep them out of direct sunlight.

If the weather is going to be over 80 degrees for just a few days and then go back to being under 80 degrees, you can leave the plants outside as they can handle warmer weather for a couple of days.

The Myth of Wasabi Seeds

Sadly, many of the wasabi seeds that are sold today (especially online) are not real wasabi i.e.

Wasabia japonica, they are actually mustard seeds or seeds for “wasabi” mustard for arugula or seeds for “wasabi” arugula.

Please note neither “wasabi” mustard or “wasabi” arugula is real wasabi. One is a variety of mustard and the other is a variety of arugula.

There is a reason that the largest reputable US seed companies don’t sell wasabi seeds on their own websites.

Wasabi seeds are very rare because they are very difficult to harvest.

You are much better off simply getting wasabi plant starts and growing those.

 

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How Long Before Harvest

 You can harvest three things from your Wasabi Plant Starts -

#1 The plant stalk i.e. the part that gets grated into wasabi paste. That part is knobby and green ands sticks up just above the dirt. This is often called the rhizome.

#2 The greens (leaves)

#3 The leaf stalk, or stems if you prefer.

 

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15 months to 2 years after you plant your wasabi start you can harvest the plant stalk (the rhizome).

This is the part of the wasabi plant that is grated into wasabi paste.

To harvest the plant stalk you pull the whole plant up and you will see some off-shoots / plant starts. Simply break those off. You can replant those and begin right away growing more wasabi!

Take the plant stalk and only grate want you want to use right then. The rest you store in the refrigerator and when stored properly, it will keep for weeks.

Keep your wasabi plant stalk in a plastic bag with a damp paper towel.

 

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8 weeks after planting your wasabi start you can begin harvesting Wasabi greens i.e. the leaves.

Wasabi greens are delicious and have many culinary  uses!

When you harvest wasabi greens make sure to leave the little leaf that is sprouting from the very top center of the plant.

Wasabi plants grow leaves year round and you can keep harvesting leaves every 6 -8 weeks and enjoy wasabi greens during the whole 15 months to two years that you are growing the plant stalks.

Wasabi greens can be eaten raw and you use them in cooking – they can be sautéed, juiced, or used raw in a salad!

One of Oregon Coast Wasabi’s customers has made a spanakopita using wasabi greens instead of spinach!

 

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The same 8 weeks applies to the leaf stalk or stem. When you harvest wasabi green make sure to also harvest the leaf stalk.

Wasabi leaf stalks are delicious! They are spicy and crunchy and you can eat them raw and use them in cooking. Think of them as thin spicy celery.

Just like the Wasabi greens You can sauté Wasabi leaf stalks, steam them, juice them, or simply snip them with kitchen shears and put them into your mashed potatoes for wonderful wasabi mashed potatoes!

 

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Getting Started!

If you want to grow wasabi in your back yard the best way to get started is to order wasabi plant starts.

Those who order wasabi plant starts from the Wasabi Store receive a copy of The Oregon Coast Wasabi Guide to Growing Wasabi.

Here is a link for you to buy Wasabi Plant Starts - www.thewasabistore.com/shop/wasabi-plant-starts

 

 

 

 

Posted on February 16, 2018 .