Hatsukaichi city has been an area prominent in wasabi cultivation since ancient times. The town area of Yoshiwa is abundant in spring water and fills all the conditions necessary for wasabi cultivation.
Due to its texture and fragrance, many restaurants in Hiroshima prefecture use only Yoshiwa wasabi.
Sold in glass jars, hawasabizuke is Yoshiwa-grown wasabi-leaves pickled in soy sauce.
To look at, it may seem like nothing out of the ordinary, but once you put it in your mouth, it will grab hold of your heart.
To be enjoyed as a snack with drinks, sandwiched between grilled chicken pieces, or added to chazuke (a dish where either hot or chilled tea is poured on rice and garnished), these pickled wasabi leaves are omnipotent.
Characterized by a unique bitterness and a crisp texture, they also have the refreshing spiciness of wasabi that gets in your nose!
On steaming hot rice, the pickle's delicious, addictive flavor makes you feel you could eat bowlful after bowlful.
It is the kind of gem of a product that we should all keep in stock in our refrigerators.
I also recommend pairing the pickles with sake.
Rather than the more fruity ones, they go particularly well together with dry, strong-flavored sakes.
Hawasabizuke can be found nonchalantly lined up at souvenir corners at the airport and train stations, so check it out.
As they’re perhaps not visually very appealing, apparently few tourists pick them up. However, they stay good for a long period, and are sold at an affordable price, so we recommend them as souvenirs.
They also make great souvenirs when travelling abroad – I always bring hawasabizuke as a souvenir from my home region.
Hiroshima prefecture, Yoshiwa-grown pickled wasabi leaves
Hawasabizuke pickles can be purchased at souvenir corners at the Hiroshima airport, Hiroshima station as well as online.
Online sales site: https://hiroshima-gift.co.jp/products/detail.php?product_id=806
Setouchi Finder Photo-writers: Makoto Esaki & Yoko Suganami (Rainbow Sake Co., Ltd.)
Yoko Suganami Rainbow Sake, Inc. After an extended stay in Hawaii, in 2011, I returned to my hometown of Kure, Hiroshima. Having worked at advertising companies in both Japan and Hawaii, I founded Rainbow Sake - a PR company with the goal of spreading Sake abroad. I hope that sake will ""bring the people of the world together"" and that I can be a part of that. I often travel abroad, and mostly to Hawaii and Singapore. Every time I come back home, I rediscover the beauty of my hometown and the happiness the easygoing, calm, fresh and simple sea and mountains of Setouchi bring.
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