Some time ago people were asking about culturing wasabi. It does appear
to be one of those plants that are not that ready to be domesticated in
a mad rush. I write an e-zine about aquaculture, and I've recently
published an interview with Michel Van Mellaerts who (with his wife)
have developed a method of growing wasabi in a recirculating system.
They spend a great deal of time and effort getting the technique sorted
out - but now pretty much are forging ahead producing top grade wasabi.
I'd say they are working on a scale way outside the average gardener,
but it's interesting to see how they managed never-the-less. They're
now exploring the nutraceutical potential of wasabi.
Other than writing the interview I've got no connection with New
Zealand Wasabi Ltd, and I suggest if you want more information about
growing wasabi for market etc to contact Michel, or at least have a
look at their web site http://www.wasabi.co.nz . My interest was in the
(aqua)culture of an edible aquatic plant, which apart from the various
rice/wild rice options seems to be somewhat restricted - yes, plenty of
edible aquatic plants, farming them seems to be an area ripe for
The interview is at http://aquaculture.ako.net.nz/?p 9.