Also known as Japanese Horseradish, wasabi is a member of the Brassicacea family which also includes cabbages, horseradish and mustard. This is not a pure Wasabi Root powder as that is about 14 times more expensive. But this also isn't the cheap altertive either. This is a pure all-natural wasabi blend that is blended from horseradish, pure wasabi rhizone powder, spinach powder, mustard, citric acid and ascorbic acid. Wasabi produces a heat vapor that aggravates your sal passages and then rapidly subsides which is of course is nothing like the chiles with their burning heat that settles on your tongue that then lingers. As wasabi does not retain its flavor when cooked it is best served cold or added to cold food. To maximize the flavor of dried wasabi add it to water or soy sauce and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Wasabi is a critical ingredient to sushi and sashimi and goes well with avocado, raw fish, beef, rice and seafood. Partners well with ginger and soy sauce.