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Ireland: Titanic chef uses hydroponic wasabi

The first Japanese Wasabi rhizomes, a hot and tasty herb, to be grown in Ireland are now being harvested in County Armagh.

The highly prized rhizomes, popular in Japanese cuisine, are already featuring in dishes created by the top chef in the high-end restaurant at the iconic and multi-award-winning Titanic Centre in Belfast.

The Japanese herb, renowned for its zinginess and distinctive flavour, has been grown by Northern Ireland’s Wasabi Crop using hydroponic technology. The wasabi crop has been developed by Sean Kitson, an experienced research scientist based in County Armagh.

Wasabi Crop was founded by Mr Kitson last year to grow fresh wasabi in polytunnels and using hydroponic technology. The company is among a select few outside Japan growing the plant which is a popular accompaniment for sushi.

Read more at FarmWeek (Steven Moore)

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