Perilla frutescens - Perennial/Annual - Culinary
Also known as: Aoshiso, Green Perilla, Akashisho, Purple
The leaves of this gorgeous foliage plant have been used in Japanese cooking for hundreds of years as a garnish for tofu, and tempura. The purple variety (Akashiso or Purple Perilla) is used - fresh or dried - as a food coloring and flavoring for candies . The flowers are also used as a garnish and seeds are used to flavor umeboshi pickles and as an ingredient in Shichimi (seven spice mix). The taste is unique - a kind of spicy, citrus flavor. Medicinally, shiso leaves are used as an antibacterial, expectorant, and to treat colds, food posoning, allergic reactions, and vomiting. The plant itself is a lovely specimen, growing to 3ft. in height and preferring a well drained soil in a sunny location. The purple variety is especially attractive, with heart shaped purple leaves with a vague green tint. It makes an excellent addition to the herb garden or flower bed. Shiso is a perennial plant in areas where winter temperatures remain above 10F (-17.7C), but even though it is an annual in cooler climates, it reseeds freely and will re-appear year after year.
||Akashiso (Purple Perilla) Packet of approxmately 100 seeds $3.00|
||Aoashiso (Green Perilla) Packet of approximately 100 seeds $3.00|
|| Akashiso (Purple Perilla) Live Plant
Not available to AK,HI,CA,NV,UT,AZ,WA or outside U.S.
||Akashiso (Purple Perilla) dried leaves 1oz $8.95|
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