Shiso, Red (Perilla frutescens) - 200 Seeds

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Shiso Red (Perilla frutescens) - 200 Seeds

•American grown seeds

This versatile Asian culinary herb has a distinct cinnamon/clove flavor and aroma, with the spiciness of cumin. Used in Asian cooking, sushi and salad mix. Also known as perilla. The flowers are a flavorful addition to salads and Asian dishes. Pairs well with fish, rice, noodles, and cucumbers. The minty, basil-like flavor has hints of clove and cumin.

Culinary Properties:
Most common uses of shiso include serving it with sashimi, wrapped around sushi, or added to soups, rice, and tempura. The brilliant thing about shiso is that it's incredibly versatile. Despite the fact that it may look delicate, it can not only stand up to seafood and heavier meats, but actually complements it nicely.

Medicinal Properties:
Having also been used as an herbal remedy in Japan for centuries, the herb's anti-inflammatory properties are used to treat everything from asthma, arthritis and eczema. The shiso leaves contain large amounts of calcium and iron, making them a great, healthy addition to salads, soups and stews.

Growing Instructions:
Note from Ryan.... Shiso seeds degrade rather quickly as far as seeds go and should be stored in the freezer until they're ready to plant to prevent this. Being out the freezer during shipping is fine, but the more time in the cold, the better. Please be weary of sellers who are selling seeds from as far back as 2018. These seeds are from 2020 and we wouldn't think of selling Shiso seeds older than that.

Sow in spring after the last frost. The shiso seeds will germinate rapidly at 68 degrees or even a little cooler. Plant 1-2 seeds per inch, in rows 18" apart. Sow seeds shallowly or cover lightly, as light is required for germination. Can grow somewhat thickly, or thin to 6-12" apart.


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