What is Wasabi Nuts?
Wasabi nuts, also known as wasabi peas are a popular Japanese snack, also found as a garnish to poke bowls, among other dishes. The peas are salty and spicy, with a heat that hits the sinuses, rather than the tongue. These small, crunchy peas are about the size of a chickpea, but made from green peas. The peas are coated in oil starch, wasabi and seasonings. Horseradish usually replaces the wasabi, as wasabi is expensive and harder to come by.
What does Wasabi Nuts Taste Like?
...Salty is one of the five main tastes. It has a satisfying and addictive quality with hints of sourness. Salty foods include cheeses, cured meats, chips, and olives. It is used in almost every dish and prepared food. Salt is added to enhance flavor and offer a distinctly salty taste.
...Spicy is a flavor that brings heat and fire to food by creating a burning sensation in the mouth or sinuses. Spicy flavors come from hot peppers, horseradish, and wasabi. Spicy adds a kick and sometimes complexity to a dish and releases endorphins, creating a mildly addictive quality.
...Walnuts are technically a seed and not a nut, but are used as a nut in the culinary world. Walnuts have a hard shell around them and a dry skin that surrounds the nut. The shell and skin are removed and the meat of the nut is eaten. Walnuts are a light brown/tan color and have a wrinkled top divided into two halves and resembles a brain. The flavor is mild with hints of tannins and sweetness. They are a rich and fatty nut which imparts an umami taste.
...Salt is a mineral composed mostly of sodium chloride. It is the main flavoring used in food and is naturally occurring in certain foods, such as cheese, beets, meat and celery, plus many others. Salt is white and has finer granules than sugar. Many commercial salts include iodide, while others exclude it. Most salts are white, while some are naturally pale pink with minerals. Salt brings out the flavor of something and can create a tangy mouthfeel, if used in excess.
...Vegetable oil is obtained by extracting oil from seeds. Types of vegetable oil include canola, sunflower, corn, and safflower. Light and with a neutral taste, vegetable oils are used to fry foods, or can be used to lightly coat meats and vegetables before roasting. Vegetable oils are also used as ingredients in salad dressings and sauces.
...Wasabi, also called Japanese horseradish is a plant in the same family as broccoli and cabbage. The root of the wasabi is used as a flavoring that is most commonly associated with the green condiment served alongside sushi. The wasabi root is grated or ground. The root is a light bright green and so is the paste or powder. The flavor is hot and and is felt more in the sinuses than on the tongue. Wasabi has a cool heat that is less fiery than a chili pepper, but still intensely spicy. Much of the wasabi in the US is actually horseradish, due to limited supplies of the root.