What are the pros? Easy to grow, easily reseeds.
What are the cons? Reseeding may be a problem.
I grew perilla/shiso from seed last year and transplanted it to a small raised bed separated from other plants. It grew well. I picked leaves for use in salads with other greens, added some to soups and made a rather exotic pesto. I let it flower which attracted all sorts of flying insects. I let it go to seed. It seemed to winter over with no problem in south-central Mo. This year it came up not only in the garden bed but all around it. I weeded out the sprouts and used them in Spring time salads, quiches and slaws. I continue to pick leaves for use in cooking and again made some pesto. The taste to me seems like a combination of basil, licorice and menthol/mint. The pesto I made used about 2 cups of packed leaves, about 1/4-1/3 c. peanuts, 1 garlic clove (or more if you wish),1 tablespoon coconut aminos (or soy sauce if you wish to substitute), enough sesame seed oil to liquify in the blender, salt and pepper to taste. I've only used fresh leaves. I haven't tried drying them.
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