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Most supermarket wasabi is actually horseradish.

Most supermarket wasabi is actually horseradish.

Most wasabi sold in the United States is really just horseradish. Horseradish grows faster and bigger than Wasabi Japonica, and it is cheaper to produce. Even in Japan horseradish is often used in place of Wasabi japonica.

The horseradish root is what we typically consume, while the wasabi stem, or rhizome, is the main part of the plant that is eaten. Concerning their flavors, both products are hot and tangy. But the Japanese wasabi is much more intense than the other common root product, and more highly prized.

Wasabi contains allyl isothiocynate, which has a LD50 toxicity of 151 mg/kg, so if you're a 60 kg adult, 9 grams of allyl isothiocynate has a 50% chance of killing you. ... The human stomach might be able to hold 1–2 kg of food at once, so it's very unlikely you can die from eating raw wasabi.

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