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Shiso: Perilla - Seeds & Bulbs

Shiso, Perilla
Red (Akashiso)

Perilla frutescens

Love basil? Try Shiso. This flavorful herb deserves a place beside basil and cilantro in every culinary herb garden. The flavor has been described as curry-like and a combination of cumin, cilantro, and parsley with a hint of cinnamon. Leaves are a superior addition to mesclun salad mixes. Try Shiso as a garnish with sushi, and sprinkle it over cucumbers, cabbage and fish. Chop and add to pesto. Flowers are edible, and make a fragrant tea. Deep burgundy foliage looks good as a backdrop for white flowers. Great in containers. Tolerates shade.

Plant Type: Annual
When to Sow Outside: After last frost date.
When to Sow Inside: Sowing outside is easiest, but can be sown indoors 4 weeks before last frost.
Seed Depth: 1/4"
Seed Spacing: 2"
Row Spacing: 12" to 18"
Days to Emerge: 5 - 15
Thinning: When 1" tall, thin to 12" apart.

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