Image of a Wasabi plant with green fan-shaped leaves.  The plant is in a 1.5 litre pot, as sold by Urban Bounty NZ

Wasabi Plants

SPICE-WASA-1-5

Regular price $37.00
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Wasabi is best eaten fresh, within 15 minutes of harvesting.  It takes a bit of dedication, but if you are a serious Japanese cuisine lover, you need to grow your own to enjoy this delicacy at home.  

Urban Bounty Wasabi plants are well established and come in a 2.5 litre pot.

What is Wasabi?

Wasabi makes an exciting and rewarding addition to shady, moist parts of your tropical or Asian cuisine garden.

Wasabi is a Japanese moisture and shade-loving herb naturally found alongside gravelly mountain streams.   This evergreen perennial has heart shaped leaves and swollen tap roots or rhizomes that protrude above ground when ready to harvest.  It grows to about 60 cm high and wide. 

Culinary Uses for Wasabi

Wasabi has a distinct peppery, horseradish-like hit that packs a real punch on your palate.  Use fresh leaves in green salads, sauté them in olive oil, or grate the fresh rhizomes (root-like stems) to use as a condiment.   The Japanese also pickle the leaves and stems with sugar and salt, making a traditional condiment called 'Wasabi Zuke'.   

The heat of Wasabi rhizomes fades in about 10 - 15 minutes, so always serve it fresh.  (Did you know that this is a reason that the 'wasabi paste' usually served with our sushi is actually a paste made of Horseradish, Mustard and green dye?)

Growing Conditions - Wasabi

Wasabi loves cool weather, moist but well draining (and slightly sulphurous) soil and deep shade. It takes about 2 - 3 years for plants to mature enough to harvest.  Protect from wind, sun and heat.  

Wasabi farms in Japan grow this delicacy in beds of sand and gravel with a constant flow of water and 70 per cent shade cloth to protect them from the sun.  At home, we suggest that you grow it in a large pot of extremely free-draining soil, enriched with compost and positioned in shade.  Add a layer of gravel on top to encourage the roots to grow down into the compost.  

Wasabi likes regular water, but it doesn't like standing in water, so water consistently but avoid water logging the soil.  Spray with a fine mist of water every day in warm weather to prevent them drying out. 

Remove yellowing leaves at the bottom of the plant, to encourage new growth. (Each Wasabi plant will produce small 'plantlets' that rise from the ground - remove and replant these side shoots to increase the size of your crop over time. 

We offer a replacement guarantee

To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

What will postage cost?

Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz 

How often do you dispatch?

To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

How do you package your products?

We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  

 

Where do you deliver to? 

We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options: info@urbanbounty.co.nz

Do you deliver to post office boxes?

Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.

 

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