Mustard vs Wasabi
Mustard is a plant that is famous for its seeds that provide us with mustard oil. There are many varieties of mustard that are used both as a cooking medium as well as condiment in dishes. Wasabi is also a condiment mainly used in Japanese Sushi. Of the two, mustard’s use as a sauce is older and dates back to almost 6000 years ago, while Wasabi is a relatively newer type of condiment having originated in Japan in the 16th century. There are many differences between mustard and Wasabi that will be elucidated in this article.
Mustard comes in many varieties with distinct taste and flavor. Hotness of mustard seeds varies greatly and black ones are considered to be hottest. Mustard is used as a seasoning material in all sorts of dishes all over the world with even hot dogs and burgers being generously sprinkled with mustard to give a strong flavor. Mustard leaves in India are used to make a dish that is wholesome and nutritious. It is black mustard (brassica nigra) that is most pungent, while there are less strong verities such as brown and yellow mustard.
Wasabi is a spice that is used as a seasoning and condiment in Sushi. It is a native herb of Japan that is cultivated in cool climes found in plateau regions of country. Japanese make use of Wasabi in both noodles and rice. Some sushi bars are these days serving Wasabi roll that has become a hit among people. Grated Wasabi is converted into a paste and turned into a sauce that is used generously as a seasoning in Sushi in Japan these days.
Mustard seeds are mixed with vinegar and water to create the flavor that is loved by people in all sorts of recipes. When seeds crack or burst, they release their typical flavor. As mustard seeds are naturally hot, mustard sauce need not be mixed with chilies or pepper to make it hot. For those who do not like the strong flavor, there are ingredients that are mixed to tone down the pungent smell and flavor.
What is the difference between Mustard and Wasabi?
• Both mustard and Wasabi are used as seasoning and condiment in various dishes.
• Mustard is known to mankind since ancient times, and used all over the world with many varieties of mustard having different degrees of hotness.
• Wasabi is native to Japan and is a perennial herb grown in plateau regions of Japan.
• Wasabi is added over sushi and noodles to give a strong flavor to the dishes just like mustard sauce is added to give a strong flavor to dishes.
• Both are available in powder as well as paste form.
• Wasabi is a root of horse radish family, while mustard is the seed of the mustard plant.