Perilla frutescens var. crispa (85 days) Open-pollinated. Cinnamony leaves used in sushi and to garnish rice, noodles, soups, pickles or whatever needs a kick of flavor. Think cocktails! A friend waxes poetic about the virtues of shiso: it’s like biting into how a fragrant flower smells. Green shiso was not widely used in Japan until the 1960s. Reinstated by our supplier. ③
3282 Kaori Green Shiso
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About 500 seeds/g.
Both green and red shiso are highly aromatic and ornamental with frilly serrated leaves. Popular in Japan, the seeds, sprouts, leaves, buds and flowers are all used in cuisine. The seeds are part of Japan's famous seven-spice mix.
Culture: To break dormancy, freeze and thaw the seed several times over a 21–45 day period. Soak seeds several days or until they sprout. Move to indoor flats, then transplant into warm moist well-drained soil. Or direct seed, 1-3 seeds/inch, very lightly covered in soil. Grows to 2'. Absolutely intolerant of frost.
For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.