Shiso, Perilla frutescens, is also known as Green Perilla and Beefsteak Plant. Shizo is a flavouring in Japanese dishes. Used in a marinade to tenderise meat. The seeds are a source of edible oil. A folk remedy to aid the diaphragm, clear the intestines and regulate vital energy. An anti-oxidant. Shiso is native to south east Asia and prefers moist well drained soils in a sunny or semi-shaded position. Drought and frost tender. An annual plant that readily self seeds.
This selection is green on green – both sides of the leaf are green. Instructions for sowing Shiso seed provided on seed packet.