*NEW* Green Shiso (aka Perilla)

Regular price $4.00 USD

Green Shiso (Perilla frutescens var crispa) is a lot like its purple cousin -- citrusy and fruity with hints of basil, mint, and even spice. However, the profile here leans more towards spice than its colourful cousin. It's this difference that keeps me growing both types. You don't think you need both in your life until you discover that you do!

Leaves, fresh or dried, can be used in many of the same ways too, including beverages, although I think it is better served in alcohol-based drinks than cold teas or punches. Think mojitos, martinis, and sours.

Here are some other suggestions:

- Fresh as a garnish with sushi and wrapped around balls of rice or meat. Try it with tofu. Surprisingly good with pasta and noodle dishes!

- Crumble dried shiso on top of warm rice.
- Add fresh leaves to Vietnamese summer rolls.
- Add fresh young leaves and seedlings to savoury salads.
- Add flowers or torn young leaves to fruit salad.
- Use it to make flavoured salts or vinegars.

Shiso will thrive unassisted pretty much anywhere. I have spotted mature plants growing in sidewalk cracks, the spaces between pavers, in random pots, and gravel driveways. And even though it tends to prefer sun, I have come upon plants growing in the shade of much taller plants. Shiso is opportunistic and will happily occupy any space where it can get a foothold. This is a resilient herb!

This is an aggressive self-seeder (once it takes hole, you're set), but it's rambunctious ways can be easily thwarted by harvesting the whole lot just before or when it flowers. Too bad I don't follow my own advice! I find myself on hands and knee each spring plucking a bajillion seedlings from the bed. Should you find yourself in this predicament, don't toss them in the compost bin! The young seedlings lend a unique, savoury something to late spring salads.

Special Notes: Full Sun, but will happily grow wherever it pleases! Ornamental and edible! Grown as a self-seeding annual.

Approximately 50 seeds per packet. 

Seed Starting and Growing: Most literature suggests direct sowing outdoors AFTER all danger of frost has passed, but I find that the seed knows when to come up and I’ve never had a problem sowing before.

To ensure good germination, indoors or out, sow shiso seed on the soil surface and press in lightly. Do not cover with soil. These seeds require light to germinate, and I think that burying too deeply is the main cause of poor germination for most growers.

 

About You Grow Girl Seeds:

All of the seeds that I sell were lovingly homegrown and harvested by me, small scale, in my urban garden using organic methods only -- no chemicals or pesticides whatsoever. Tomato varieties are isolated to stay true using the flower bagging method and I test for germination quality. I take special care in choosing varieties that I find unusual, interesting and fabulous, and/or especially suitable for growing in small space gardens.