Wasabi or Wasabia japonica, as it’s officially known – is something that you have probably never tried. Really.
That light green paste nestled next to the pink ginger in your box of sushi? It is most likely a mix of mustard, European horseradish, and food colouring.
In fact, by some estimates, only 5% of the wasabi served in Japanese restaurants around the world comes from the rhizome, or root, of a true wasabi plant.
Selling for nearly $160 (£98) per kilogram at wholesale, in addition to being hard to nurture, wasabi is also one of the most lucrative plants on the planet.
And Aquaponics may be the ideal growing technique for this most profitable plant. This is just one of the potential applicaitons of this farming technology beyond growing food to feed people.
We are persuing this market and intend to use Wasabi as one of our first marketable crops.