Hon Wasabi vs. Nama Wasabi: What’s the Difference?
Known as an essential condiment for Sushi and Sashimi, Wasabi is a green paste prepared by grating the roots of Japanese horseradish, which comes in various varieties in Japan.
Among those, Hon Wasabi (本わさび) and Nama Wasabi (生わさび) are the most common types available mainly in tubes in most supermarkets.
Hon Wasabi vs. Nama Wasabi
But until now, I didn’t know how Hon Wasabi and Nama Wasabi differ. So today, I researched that online, and here, let me share the result with you.
Hon Wasabi (本わさび)
First, in the name of Hon Wasabi, Hon (本) indicates that the Wasabi paste contains a large proportion of Japanese horseradish. In this case, the word Hon (本) derives from Honrai (本来), meaning native in Japanese.
In modern times, some Wasabi products contain a substantial proportion of Western horseradish. Unlike Hon Wasabi, makers color those pastes green, adding food additives.
Nama Wasabi (生わさび)
On the other hand, in the name of Nama Wasabi, Nama (生) means raw and indicates that the Wasabi paste consists not of dried pulverized horseradish but of fresh one.
That is because when makers began to sell Wasabi tubes for the first time in the 1970s, the mainstream was Neri Wasabi (練りわさび: kneaded wasabi).
Unlike Nama Wasabi, Neri Wasabi is a paste made by kneading Kona Wasabi (粉わさび: powdered wasabi) with water.
(Reference Page: Wikipedia ワサビ )