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Where to buy fresh wasabi?

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jaroy Oct 28, 2006 09:04 PM

Been looking for fresh wasabi for a while-- the whole wasabi root, not the reconstituted powder horseradish stuff you typically get at sushi restaurants or the grocery store. Been to a few japanese groceries in town but came up empty.

Only lead I have right now is a place that sells the plant on-line-- the catch is that you have to grow it for 3 years!

Anybody gotten their hands on this rarity in Boston?

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    ALNKABS RE: jaroy Oct 28, 2006 10:31 PM

    There is a store in Los Angeles I used to buy from called "Foodies", they sold the whole ryzome and it was approx $80 a pound, and it came on ice packs via FED-EX... Also, you can try "Pacific Farms" on the west coast. Their website is www.freshwasabi.com They don't sell the root, but the sell an excellent quality wasabi in tubes that is 'fresh'. I have used it before, and it is almost as good as the root.
    Hope that helps.

    1. Luther RE: jaroy Oct 28, 2006 10:33 PM

      They had the whole root at Russo's one time.

      1. oystershucker RE: jaroy Oct 31, 2006 07:45 PM

        I've seen it at, strangely, East Coast Grill.
        they serve it on the side of some dish which I can't remember.
        and even then it's not always available.
        but you can go in and ask where they get it or if they'd order you a finger.

        also, Bluefin Sushi in the Porter Exchange sometimes serves it as a special.
        again, you could ask.

        but I've never seen it at a retail supermarket anywhere around here.

        1. opinionatedchef RE: jaroy Oct 31, 2006 10:42 PM

          have you called the asian markets- yoshinoya etc? i feel sure you don't have to order it from cal. for heaven's sake. russo's iin watertown and sid weiner in new bedford- both get some unusual things in. i think russo's supplies ECG. the high end sushi places like oishii , fugakyu, and the Clio's sushi bar-Uni?probably serve it and you could call them. If you only want it to serve with your own sushi, you could just buy a container of it from one of these restaurants. I think it has a shelflife of forever.

          1. Lgalen RE: jaroy Nov 1, 2006 03:01 AM

            Penzey's spices in Arlington definitely has it--both the real thing and the usual ersatz type.

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