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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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(Perilla frutescens) 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. They are great in salads; flavor is a mix of basil and mint.
 
Shiso (Perilla Purple Zi Su)
Overall Rating:
         
4.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 11
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 3.0

90.9% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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6 out of 7 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Caresse
Location:
Akron, OH, United States
Date:
January 29, 2018
          5.0
 
Wonderful herb
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Beautiful

What are the cons? None

Review:

Started 2 plants from seed. Planted in my garden, made wonderful herb salt with them. Now I get to enjoy this unique flavor all year long. Beautiful dark purple foliage and flowers. It reseed the following year.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

7 out of 8 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Mr.Snow
Location:
Hartshorne, OK, United States
Date:
December 19, 2017
          5.0
 
Versatile
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Amazingly useful

What are the cons? ^,....,^

Review:

I used it in stir fry, it really worked well sliced into thin strips. I used it to make color changing drinks, that surprised the child. I used it a a floral 'green' that was pretty amazing. Soak it in water for a couple of hours first. Water the night before. It was great to take photos with. The best part is that it smothered out the grass. I hate grass as it is the worst weed ever.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

68 out of 70 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
heather
Location:
lansing area, MI, United States
Date:
December 20, 2015
          5.0
 
stratify seeds before planting
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? reseeds easily

What are the cons? reseeds easily

Review:

For what it's worth, I experienced germination failure with shiso seeds several times until I read something indicating that the seeds need to be refrigerated (not frozen) for at least a week before planting. Pop that seed packet in your fridge for a week or two, sprinkle the seeds on the ground, and you'll have shiso for life as it very readily reseeds. Also, purple shiso is very strong-tasting; in Japan it's largely used for making umeboshi (pickled plums) and shibazuke (eggplant pickle). Green shiso, a different variety, is much more forgiving, and great with cucumbers, or tofu, or in sushi. Or on rice. Or...

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

22 out of 23 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

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

42 out of 45 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

Was this review helpful? Yes  No
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