Im new to the Paleo Diet and was wondering if Wasabi Peas would count as a Paleo Food.... Im sure cave men didn't have Wasabi but I think it might be a good snack to spice up nut mixes.
From the package of Roland Feng Shui Wasabi peas [http://www.amazon.com/Roland-Feng-Shui-Wasabi-4-4-Ounce/dp/B001A5RSBS/]:
Ingredients: Green Peas, Glutinous Rice, Sugar, Salt, Wasabi Powder, Palm Oil, Corn Starch.
So, even allowing for basic ingredient deiviation, I'm going with no, given that PEAS are a legume and to be avoided, rice is a grain, sugar isn't paleo and don't get me started on corn starch.
I would classify them as low-grade Paleo junk food... Eat them occasionally if it helps you avoid cheating on something loaded with the one or all of the three axis of evils gluten-grains, oxidised seed oils, or fructose...
All wasabi pea recipes require dried peas. so if you're strict paleo, no. If you're going to allow this food in your diet, I suggest you make your own and probably not consume too much as you'll need rice wine vinegar (not paleo), tahini (it's a seed pureé, so OK), wasabi powder (um), olive oil (OK).