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Spicy exchange / 2022

Why is wasabi so spicy?

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Does wasabi have capsaicin?

Wasabi doesn’t contain any capsaicin, so it does not have a Scoville score (0 SHU).

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Allyl isothiocyanate is the compound found in wasabi that makes it spicy. It’s the same substance that makes other types of horseradish and mustard spicy.

What makes wasabi spicy...

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Other effects

Wasabi targets the sinuses, hitting you on the exhale when you take a bite. Super-hot wasabi can also temporarily impact your vision and hearing.

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There is no 1:1 comparison between the spiciness of peppers vs. wasabi. Hot wasabi can cause extreme sensations, but the effect will only last a few seconds. Peppers tend to have a longer-lasting burn.

Which is spicier: peppers or wasabi?

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