Tea surprisingly gained lots of fans around the world and even dubbed as the most consumed and healthiest beverage. There have been many unique concoctions as well that made it more interesting.
If you’re one of the fans of tea, you might already know that your favorite cuppa is made of Camellia Sinensis plants.
But, what if we tell you that there are teas that are made of wasabi?
Wasabi on sushi is okay, but wasabi on your tea is something that could make your eyes widen. Well, with tons of variations of tea in various countries, we might not be surprised that the Japanese spicy horseradish plant can create a delicious cup of tea.
The weird yet genius idea came from the Matsumoto University and Kurohime Wakanyaku Co. that has their goal of preventing wasabi from going to waste. Japanese people know that the wasabi leaves have little use and usually ended being in trash. That’s why the innovation of Hon-Wasabi Tea came into life.
Do you know what’s surprising? Even if the wasabi is widely known as spicy, Hon-Wasabi is not. The minds behind the products unveiled it on July 9 at the university, highlighting that the newly discovered tea is not spicy that people might think but actually tastes mild.
What’s more surprising about the wasabi tea is its ‘umami’ taste factor, according to its creators. “Umami” - the fifth flavor, which includes the four other flavors, Japanese pertains to it as the savory taste or yummy.
One of the Hon-Wasabi tea masterminds is Kazuhiro Yanai, who said that when he brewed the dried leaves of wasabi, the ‘umami’ flavor is in there. Moreover, the result of its component analysis is another factor that the producers are proud of. They found that Wasabi tea has more amino acids and glutamic acid than green tea.
Yanai’s partner, Kurihime Wakanyaku, located in Shinano, Nagano Prefecture, processes Hon-Wasabi tea. The company holds the responsibility of roasting the leaves to remove the spicy properties of it and balance the tastes, color, and aroma. They get the leaves from a wasabi farm in Azumino, Daio Wasabi Farm.
It is quite amazing that a simple goal to support wasabi farmers and to prevent wastage of the wasabi leaves resulted in an incredible idea. Great things indeed start with simple dreams and goals.
Now, wasabi will not only known for its signature spicy flavor but also with its Hon-Wasabi tea that is full of umami.