Wasabi. It’s the green stuff they put on your sushi plate that white people like to make guacamole jokes about. It tastes like horseradish because it is somewhere in the same family. I was doing a little Wiki research into this delicious root and found something interesting related to true Japanese wasabi versus Western wasabi. I will quote verbatim because I find it too interesting, not because I’m having a lazy day:
“Wasabi is difficult to cultivate … and that makes it quite expensive. Due to its high cost, a common substitute is a mixture of horseradish, mustard and green food coloring. Outside of Japan, it is rare to find real wasabi plants. Often packages are labeled as wasabi, but the ingredients do not actually include wasabi plant. Although the taste is similar between wasabi and horseradish, they are easily distinguished. In the United States, true wasabi is generally found only at specialty grocers and high-end restaurants.” – Thank you, Wikipedia.
Well, true wasabi or not, I do enjoy the flavor, but in rather small doses. I prefer chile spice to horseradish spice; but, like a 30-year-old woman, I can’t be too picky. And after all, it’s what the wasabi/soy sauce mix covers that’s important.
I am going to regret typing this but: I like nuts. I can eat almonds raw and walnuts by the handsful (yes, two at one time), so I don’t need to be coaxed into indulging in them. However, if Wasabi & Soy Sauce flavored almonds get you to put down the bag of chips every once in a while, then I’m wholeheartedly behind Blue Diamond. Also, after reading the package, this bag contains 17% of your daily fiber. Hello almonds, goodbye irregularity!
These almonds are, quite frankly, da bomb. The first one releases instant flavor and heat on my tongue. I make it my personal duty to inform the public whether a bag of these is too hot … and the only way to fulfill it is to eat them all, rapid fire. Blue Diamond’s almonds build wasabi spice one by one, reaching levels that mimic the condiment. I can start to feel it throughout my mouth.
Important side note: I even licked the wasabi dust off my fingers (a healthy Cheetos subsitute, I’m telling you) and while there was a little kick, it didn’t overwhelm me.
However, that’s about as intense as it gets. I wouldn’t recommend it to people who are not wasabi fans or people who like zero spice (you know, people who eat Pace salsa). If you are a fan of even a little bit of zest, I would encourage you to give these a try because if a fun and different flavor gets you to eat a healthy snack such as almonds then more power to you!
Nutrition Info (per bag)
|Calories||260, 13% DV|
|Total Fat||23g, 36% DV|
*These calculations are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, which is indulgent and wholly unrealistic.