Fun Sushi Facts

  • A 444-pound Bluefin Tuna sold for a record $173,600 in Tokyo on January 5, 2001, according to sushifaq.com
  • The Guinness World record for longest sushi roll was a one-kilometer long cucumber sushi roll made by 600 members of the Nikopaka Festa Committe in Yoshii, Japan on October 12, 1997, according to wikipedia.com
  • About 80% of blue tuna is used for sushi, according to sushifaq.com
  • "Real wasabi is one of the rarest and most difficult vegetables in the world to grow. Few geographical areas are suited for growing wasabi," according to thesushibar.com. The wasabi in most restaurants in the United States is American Horseradish with green food coloring.
  • Sushi at first was meant to be left to rot until it smelled like vomit, according to the Zen of Fish by Trevor Corson.
  • MSG is a key component of sushi. It was made by Japanese scientists studying seaweed, according to the Zen of Fish by Trevor Corson.
  • What many Americans identify as sushi is an inside-out roll, for example a California roll. This is actually an American invention that grew out of American's favoring sushi with rice on the outside instead of fish.
  • Bluefin Tuna belly, the most expensive sushi ingredient today, was once believed by the Japanese to be unfit for human consumption, according to the Zen of Fish by Trevor Corson.
  • American sushi is often much larger and sweeter than traditional Japanese sushi, according to sushinow.com