Richters Herbs - Wasabi Plants
Was up at Richter's Herbs in Goodwood today picking up a few things to play with for the summer, and some chile seeds.
I noticed that they had some Wasabi plants, going for $15.00 each. Has anyone had any experience in growing these in Toronto?
The place is definitely worth a visit to those who haven't. Probably the best selection of herbs in the Province, including varietals of various herbs from different regions. Who know that the broad-leaf thyme used in Caribbean cooking is completely different from the tiny leaves used in European cooking. And Mexican coriander is a sharp, angry looking plant.
That is a good find, and one I'm interested in. (Not to mention a dozen or so sushi chefs!!)
The plant has been grown commercially in the Appalachians (Smokeys), Oregon, and lower B.C. mainland. Usually in a stream, or bog, somewhat like rice.
I may wander up to Richter's and get a plant, and establish it in a stream (I don't have a stream!), as they are fairly close to me.
I was there this morning (Victoria Day) and got a wasabi plant. They have about a dozen left. They have lots of growing advice, if you ask. I don't think it will be too hard, but there will be no root crop for 2-3 years.
There are so many interesting herbs, plants, and seeds here, from a culinary standpoint.
I got Mexican oregano, Amish tomatoes ( a superb tray of large plants for $10), and many obscure packages of seeds.
jo_jo_ba, there are no Meyer lemon shrubs there. They tried greenhouse propagation some time ago, but the plants were attacked by scale, a nasty insect. They may try again.
They ship to Canada and the U.S.
Richter's is definitely worth a visit for selection and service, this time of the year.
As we might say in another thread, "worth a side trip".
Glad to hear that you were in time to get one. They definitely have amazing selection and quality.
I like being able to use herbs from the various parts of the globe with the recipes from the regions. There truly is a difference in the flavours between the indigenous herbs from the ones you'd buy in the supermarkets.
Just a follow up on my wasabi plant. I put in a fairly dark area of my condo back yard, (no direct sun light) and kept it moist. It has done well for two years. No crop yet but probably next year. It doesn't require special care or fertilizing, just lots of water and little sunlight.
It seems to be similar to a horseradish plant, meaning iron clad once established, and easy to divide.
I just checked the website and they are sold out this year. Anyone wanting a wasabi plant should contact them early next year.
There is also a site selling Japanese and Asian vegetable seeds, and it is not too late to start some of them. http://www.agrohaitai.com/onlinecatel...
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Richters is great and worth visiting! Too bad I don't have a green thumb and basically have no success when I try to grow from seed or when I try to grow plants period. I love their huge variety of herbs and will buy those in the pot rather than try and grow from scratch. I have a great aloe vera that I bought at Richters and have managed to keep it alive for 5 years (a big accomplishment for me!). They also have some good free seminars. I attended one on herbs and it was very informative.
Darn about the ML. Thanks though for the heads up! I definitely agree Richter's is AWESOME for herbage though - most of my garden comes from there (def. love the marshmallow mint!) I got Stevia there too.
My very first part-time job was at Richters. Now that I think about it, I was a foodie at 14!
Mr. and Mrs. Richter taught me everything I know about cooking herbs. They and their staff were so helpful with customers, and really took the time to share their knowledge. I have great memories from there. It's nice to know things haven't changed.