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Malcolm Island wasabi, an unusual crop for the Canadian climate

Did you know that the wasabi you eat with your sushi is not the real thing? A Canadian botanist has the secret recipe for growing genuine wasabi in North America.

Local growers are researching a variety of uses for wasabi outside the kitchen.

Did you know that the wasabi you eat with your sushi is not the real thing? A Canadian botanist has the secret recipe for growing genuine wasabi in North America. 3:05

Canada is making a name for itself in an unexpected agricultural sector.

Ever tried Canadian-grown wasabi?

Brian Oates is the owner of Pacific Coast Wasabi. He spent two decades developing a greenhouse system to grow wasabi on Malcolm Island, B.C.. It's the most northern place where wasabi is grown.

Oates sees a market beyond the kitchen.

"There are biomedical uses that we have started research on, there are cosmetic uses, veterinarian uses and industrial uses."

Oates takes chef Ricardo Larrivée on a tour inside a wasabi greenhouse to give him a firsthand look at how this cruciferous root vegetable is grown and harvested.

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