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Shiso (Perilla Purple Zi Su) (75 seeds) (HB155) $2.50
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Shiso (Perilla Purple Zi Su)

         
 
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A beautiful and delicious plant that is very popular in Asia. The purple-red leaves are used to color and flavor vinegar and to make beautiful, pink rice. Great in salads; flavor is a mix of basil and mint.

 
Shiso (Perilla Purple Zi Su)
Overall Rating:
         
4.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 8
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 3.0

87.5% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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0 out of 0 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Phil
Location:
West Plains, MO
Date:
January 11, 2015
          4.0
 
Fun
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Easy to grow, pretty, large

What are the cons? Flavor is odd, will self sow

Review:

We started seeds indoors 3 years ago, and we grew maybe 6 plants to full maturation. At the end of the season, we pulled them and tossed on top of our compost pile. Now we get volunteers every year! They are easy to remove if they appear in an undesired place. Flavor-wise, they were interesting, and worked well in small amounts in salads, but I really lost interest in eating it.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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4 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
jwilliams
Location:
Richmond, VA
Date:
July 24, 2014
          5.0
 
Versatile Korean favorite
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Color, texture, taste

What are the cons? Can be invasive

Review:

We love this herb and it grows easily in Virginia. In fact so easily it has become invasive. Walk in any field or forest in the state and you can smell large patches of it all over. In my experience the seeds are only good one season. I've never seen one germinate beyond the next spring. Good news is that once you get it started it will reseed itself effortlessly--often all over the place. But we don't mind. We can't have enough of it. A staple of Korean cooking it's always welcome in our house. We use it in soups, stir fries, salads, a wrapper for sushi, it makes a great garnish or adds color to pickles or, well, anything. If you want more ideas just Google "Shiso recipes" and you'll find there is almost no end to what you can do with it.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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4 out of 5 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Green
Location:
Phoenix, AZ
Date:
April 24, 2014
          1.0
 
Germination Outcome Bleak
Easy to Grow 1.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Nothing- not one seed sprouted

What are the cons? Germination Rate

Review:

I was very disappointed with this seed. I attempted to Germinate indoors under a powerful grow light- no luck, then I tried direct sowing- no luck, then I tried greenhouse - no luck, then I tried outdoors in a pot- no luck. I also tried in Winter and in Spring and once recently towards the end of our spring which is more like other's summers with temps in the 90s and up - No luck. I have never not been able to germinate seeds. I tend to always have the best of luck and usually read reviews like this and think something must have been done wrong. Might I add- I did not bury the small seeds deeply, just barely beneath a dusting of soil. I tried in native dirt, compost and general garden soil. At one point, I even tried a misting teh soil with fish emulsion. Everything near by grew supercharged. These seeds... well, I still have pots and areas barren of even a sprout and I sadly gaze longingly each morning for signs of life.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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10 out of 10 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Ashley
Location:
Tallahassee, FL
Date:
December 29, 2013
          5.0
 
Beautiful Huge Plants
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Grows fast, easy care.

What are the cons? Spreads like crazy.

Review:

I bought some Shisho a few years ago, and due to human error I ended up with only one mature plant. However, that plant grew to an enormous size, and once it went to seed, I have been finding it sprouting up every spring since, even in places I didn't think it would have reached. A quick Google search will reveal tons of uses for this otherwise obscure plant. We look forward to a bright purple drink make out of it's leaves every summer.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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3 out of 3 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
SportySmurf
Location:
London, MI
Date:
July 31, 2013
          3.0
 
Not Purple
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.5
 

What are the pros? Grows easily

What are the cons? Not purple.

Review:

I bought the purple perilla or shiso because I want to use it in my japanese cooking. However, while it is thriving, all of my plants are green. Does it change colour as it matures?

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No
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