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70 days to maturity. Perilla frutescens var. frutescens. Korean Shiso Herb Seeds (Perilla). Warm season annual. Perilla is a lovely Korean herb that is a vivid green on the top and a soft purple on the underside of the leaves. Both the flowers and the leaves are edible and delicious. Widely used in various types of Asian cooking, perilla has a fresh flavor that has hints of basil, citrus, and mint. This annual herb is beautiful, tasty, and all-around a versatile choice. You can even grow it as a microgreen! ~ 23,300 seeds / oz.
How to Grow Shiso Herb Seeds (Perilla) – Korean Seeds
Cold stratify seeds by storing them in the refrigerator prior to sowing. Start indoors 6 to 8 weeks before your last frost date for a spring planting, or direct sow in the late summer. Transplant seedlings outdoors after hardening off, and space plants 6 inches to a foot apart. Be sure temperatures are warm, as perilla thrives in warmer weather. Keep soil moist and fertilize as needed.
Perilla can be harvested as soon as the plants are well-established. Harvest leaves as you would any other herb. If you directly sow this variety, you can use the leaves from the seedlings you thin out as an early harvest. Avoid taking too many leaves at once to keep the plant strong and ensure continuous harvests. Perilla thrives in the heat so summer will have the most prolific harvests.
Perilla has a wide variety of uses in Asian cuisines. Try it in your favorite sushi recipes, or wrap other foods in it before cooking. Add as a flavorful garnish to soups or mix it into a salad. It works especially well in salads when grown as a microgreen. One popular Korean recipe is kkaennip jjim, a perilla dish where the leaves are steamed and marinated. They can also be steamed and then filled with meat or anything you choose. Feel free to experiment!
Perilla is generally resistant to pests and disease, but seedlings can be affected by damping off. Downy mildew can also occur. Watch out for aphids, spider mites, and leafrollers. Follow general pest and disease prevention measures, like watering appropriately and controlling weeds.
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