A Taste of Japan in County Armagh
Watch Wasabi Crop on TV on 27 April 2020 at 2 pm on the James Martin’s Islands to Highlands show
In this episode of the new series, James meets Dr Sean Kitson and his son Zak who produce fantastic wasabi, a type of Japanese horseradish, in a polytunnel in the garden of their home in County Armagh, Northern Ireland.
James met Dr Sean Kitson in one episode of the new series. Pictured: James Martin, Zak Kitson and Paul Rankin.
Quotes from James Martin
Proper Japanese wasabi is very expensive – one stalk can be £90 – and it’s very difficult to grow as the roots are mainly grown out of the ground so it can take over two years,’’ says James.
But here’s this 17-year-old lad and his dad growing it.
I’d never seen it grown, now I’m a fan. I wasn’t into horseradish but this stuff is amazing, and I created a wasabi salmon recipe around it.
As a pig farmer’s kid, I’ve always said that to fully understand food, you’ve got to understand how hard it is to produce.
Enjoy fresh wasabi