Here’s an herb your neighbors probably aren’t growing! Shisho — also called Perilla Purple Zi Su — is common in Asia, where it is grown for culinary and medicinal use. Tastes like a fusion of basil and mint! The dark red leaves are added to fresh dishes like salad and also rice, vegetable and dishes. Will self-seed. Annual in North America.
Each packet contains approximately 75 seeds.
Planting and Harvesting Tips:
Fast growing plants do well in bright light and moist soil. Sow indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost date in spring. Lightly cover and keep planting trays warm. Seedlings can be moved outside after all danger of frost has passed. Space 6-12 inches apart in all directions.
Harvest the leaves when young and tender for the best flavor. As always, pick in the early morning when aromatic oils are at their flavorful peak. Use fresh as needed or store in the refrigerator for later. Dry leaves by hanging bundles upside down in a dark, well ventilated room and store in airtight jars.