Wasabi (Japanese) is a member of the cabbage family. Known as Japanese horseradish, its root is used as a spice and has an extremely strong flavor. Its hotness is more akin to that of a hot mustard than a chili pepper, producing vapors that burn the nasal passages rather than the tongue. The plant grows naturally along stream beds in mountain river valleys in Japan. If you like the hot stuff, this design is for you!