What is REAL (and FRESH) wasabi?

I have been asked some version of this question so many times over the past 10+ years and yet just realized that a blog post would be the perfect way for me to answer it in a proper manner. The answer is actually very simple:THE ONLY WAY YOU WILL KNOW FOR SURE IF YOU ARE EATING “REAL” AND “FRESH” WASABI IS IF YOU SEE THE SUSHI CHEF DOING THIS:Commonly used wasabi graterReal (and fresh) wasabi is called “hon wasabi” and it is never grated ahead of time. It is always grated as needed, using a special grater, like the one above or …

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