Shiso – Britton
Perilla frutescens (purple)

Zone: Not hardy; grow as an annual
Height: 24-36"

General: Good micro or salad mix item or use larger leaves as sushi wraps and plate garnishes. Leaves are dark green with purple veins and backsides. Mild mint/basil aroma. Plant in fertile, moist, well-drained soil.

Culinary Uses: This herb is found widely in Asian cuisine as sushi, tempura, and salad mixes. Smaller leaves make good micro or salad mix lettuce or the larger leaves can be used as sushi wraps and plate garnishes.

Medicinal Uses: Shiso has been said to have anti-inflammatory properties as well as the ability to aid in the treatment of allergies, hay fever, asthma, and arthritis.

Ornamental Uses: An herb that is prevalent in Asia that is primarily grown for its foliage that has a similar look to coleus. An eye-catching salad herb with red undersides and a mild mint/basil aroma. The herb will also produce small flowers. It works well in borders, beds, and in planters - also beneficial as a house plant. The leaves are deeply toothed, reddish purple with a metallic bronzy sheen.

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