Welcome to Ninjapan. Today’s topic is wasabi.
Have you ever traveled to Japan?
Many foreigners come to Japan for sightseeing.
However, the coronavirus is now spreading in Japan, and I worried that it can be held.
In this blog, I will tell foreigners about the appeal of Japan.
Today I will introduce wasabi.
What is wasabi?
If you know a lot about Japan or like Japanese food, you probably know what wasabi is.
It is native to Japan, as the Japanese word “wasabi” is used in English.
However, there are roughly two types of wasabi.
Hon (Real) Wasabi
As mentioned earlier, it is a native one in Japan.
A place that is particularly familiar is sushi.
When I eat Japanese sushi, I eat it with it.
Yes, the green solid next to that soy sauce is this one.
This is mainly horseradish native to Europe.
It is yellow. The taste is inferior to Japanese wasabi, but because of its low price, it often mixed with Japanese wasabi in Japan.
You can rarely eat real one. Because It is so expensive.
The history goes back to the Asuka era (592). It is said that the ruins at that time describe that there was wasabi from that time.
That’s why I’ve been deeply involved with Japanese people.
Wasabi has a strong, irritating flavor in the stem, and is used as a condiment and spice.
It grows mainly near the river.
After all, it has a unique taste and irritation.
Simply put, when you eat, the stimulus runs deep inside your nose.
If you eat sushi with a lot of it, your nose will be extremely irritating. And it can eliminate the smell of sushi and make it more delicious.
It has a different taste from the chili. It is rather close to mustard.
In addition, it often used in seasoning sweets in Japan and is a popular flavor for adults and children.
Is wasabi really not spicy?
You may be wondering what you are saying differently suddenly, even though you have said that there is stimulation from a while ago.
But actually, eating it isn’t spicy.
Wasabi can be spiced by rubbing.
When it grated, the cells are destroyed and the enzymes in the cells (myrosinase) work.
・ It contains a component called sinigrin (mustard oil glycoside).
⇒Sinigrin reacts with the enzyme (myrosinase) to produce a pungent ingredient (allyl isothiocyanate)!
To put it simply, haven’t your eyes hurt when you cut onions?
Actually, this phenomenon is the same.
Cutting onions also destroys the cells and stimulates them.
Not only that, wasabi has this effect.
1. Antibacterial and antifungal action
It has an antibacterial effect against food poisoning bacteria (enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli O157, Staphylococcus aureus, Vibrio, etc.).
2. Antibacterial and antifungal action
Suppresses the activity of larvae of nematodes, which are highly parasitic on popular seafood.
3. Anti-cancer effect
It significantly suppresses the proliferation of lymph node metastasis-derived cells in human gastric cancer patients.
4. Anti-cancer effect
Therefore, the effect of the main component of wasabi’s unique “sawa no scent” (a component not found in horseradish and powdered wasabi) suppresses the aggregation of blood platelets and prevents blood clotting.
5. Gastrointestinal absorption promotion
Increases gastrointestinal cell-cell junctions and promotes digestion and absorption
6. Bone strengthening action
It expected to be effective in osteoporosis in experiments because the bone mass of the parietal bone of mice increased.
In fact, wasabi and sushi, which have so many effects, are not only delicious but also very healthy.
Now you can eat sanitary and clean sushi, but in the old days you may not even know the fish with parasites, etc., so you may have been able to eat wasabi with nature.
If you come to Japan, so, please try it.