The Hot New Crop

wasabi leaves which have been munched by slugsIn September I went to Hadlow College and saw Japanese Horseradish (Wasabi) plants in their trial grounds. The leaves had been rather munched by slugs or snails (but then what hasn’t this year? – and it is the root that is the important bit. It is ground up to make a paste to accompany sushi – although here, because it is so expensive, native horseradish that has been dyed green is often substituted . Then in Saturday’s Telegraph there was a feature about someone growing it commercially on his watercress farm. Apparently our cool, wet climate is ideal. Anyway, I wondered if plants are available anywhere – and they are from Poyntzfield Herbs on the Black Isle who specialise among other things in Japanese edible and medicinal herbs.

And thereby hangs another tale which will follow in the next post……………….



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  • October 16, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    If slugs and snails are a problem then use EM1 Effectivemicro-organism this is an organic vinegar compound.They do not like the taste.Mixed with bran is called Bokashi which will give the best compost, kitchen waste crock liquid is an amazing plant/soil food.

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