Shiso is a bushy mass that grows 18 to 36 inches tall and resembles large basil or coleus plants. Shiso is a member of the mint family. Its roots spread via rhizomes; be careful that shiso roots do not impede the growth of other herbs.
From Mother Earth News: Also known as Japanese basil, shiso (Perilla frutescens) has a pleasant smell and a taste that’s hard to describe: Basil and mint? Cinnamon and coriander? No matter what you call it, the flavor complements many different dishes, from salads to pasta to vegetables.
What is shiso’s appeal beyond its flavor? In Chinese medicine, shiso is seen as almost a cure-all. Its leaves and seeds are used for poor blood circulation, coughs, colds and flu, nausea and food poisoning, morning sickness, asthma and other chronic respiratory ailments, and as a general health tonic. It’s also being studied for both anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties.
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Size and number available: 4-inch pot, 18 available
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