Vietnamese Perilla (Shiso) Seeds

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Vietnamese Perilla or Shiso (Perilla frutescens), also called sesame or beefsteak plant, has smaller leaves and a stronger, aromatic flavor than the Japanese or Korean Perilla and beautiful red-purple underside the deep green leaves. It has an incredible flavor that can be described as a combination of cinnamon, mint, and clove with overtones of cumin. Perilla is commonly used in many countries in Asia for culinary purposes, notable in the US as part of the Vietnamese bouquet for the noodle dish, "Pho." It has medicinal properties as well. An edible plant, perilla is a very attractive plant for the garden and attracts butterflies. Perilla leaves are also rich in vitamins A, C, and riboflavin.

Species Vietnamese Perilla, Jeok Ssam Ip
Plant Size 2-3 feet tall

Days to Germinate

7-21

Days to Harvest

80

Germination Rate

90%

Test Date

10/20

Lifespan

Annual; Perennial in Zones 9-11
Country of Origin

United States

Sunlight

Full Sun, Partial Shade

Seeds Packed For

2021

 

Planting Instructions:

Broadcast in soil after danger of frost has passed in Spring in at least 70F temperature soil.  Cover with a thin soil layer in full sun to light shade. Thin seedlings to 8-12 inches apart.

Within-Row Spacing 6-12 inches
Between-Row Spacing 2 feet