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Green-Purple Shiso Seeds

Also known as Japanese basil, shiso’s incredible flavor can be described as a combination of cinnamon and clove with overtones of cumin.

Availability: In stock

$2.50
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Details

Also known as Japanese basil, shiso’s incredible flavor can be described as a combination of cinnamon and clove with overtones of cumin. The leaves are used to color/flavor vinegar and add to salads. Shiso also pairs well with fish, rice, noodles, and cucumbers. A beautiful plant to add to your garden, and excellent for containers.

Green-purple shiso leaves are often wrapped around sushi or served with “sashimi” as a garnish. They also are added to soups, tempura or dried and sprinkled over rice. Shiso seeds form an essential part of the famous seven spices of Japan, which originated more than 300 years ago in Kyoto.

Most sushi fans are probably familiar with the leaf, but chopped shiso buds are especially delicious. Shiso seeds are packed with aromatic flavor, and they’re especially good toasted and crushed on top of fish.

The leaves are rich in calcium and iron, and are used in Chinese medicine to treat asthma, colds, flu and other respiratory ailments.

Michigan Seeds grown on our farm, Renegade Acres, in Howell, MI!

Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.

Additional Info

Botanical Name Perilla frutescens
Life Cycle Annual
Min. Time to Germinate 15 Days
Max. Time to Germinate 30 Days
Depth to Sow Seeds Surface Sow; press seeds gently into the soil to make good contact, but do not cover with any additional soil; these seeds require light to germinate
When to Sow Indoors 4-6 weeks before last spring frost, Outdoors after all danger of spring frost is past
Growing Height 18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
Plant Spacing 15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
Hardiness N/A
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Sun to Partial Shade
Danger N/A
Bloom Time Late Summer/Early Fall
Other Details Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Soil pH Requirements 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic), 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral), 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Days to Harvest 80-90
Propagation Methods From seed; direct sow after last frost, From seed; sow indoors before last frost
Seed Collecting Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds, Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
Seeds Per Pack 50