Wasabi is closely intertwined with Japanese history and is a vital part of its cuisine. Sprig Wasabi paste has an unbelievable potency and adds a delightful bite to every dish. Wasabi root is actually the stem of the plant that is ground into a fine paste and consumed with sushi and other Japanese dishes. It is not spicy like a chilli paste, but it packs a wallop. It has a strong pungent taste that hits the roof of your nose rather than your tongue! A tiny dab of this paste can even add an interesting dimension to vegetables. You can use it as a side with sushi, or roll it into sushi as one of the main ingredients.