Ohba Aka Shiso
Perilla frutescens var. crispa
Ohba Aka Shiso
Ohba Aka Shiso is a traditional Japanese herb, dento yasai, with refreshing aromatic red FLAT leaves. Also known as Beefsteak plant. The plant has a bush growth habit. It is also grown as sprouts or microgreens. As the plant matures, pinch off leaves for use. This promotes branching and leaf production.
- Warm season annual
- Approx. 1000-1500 seeds in packet. (A seed will vary in weight and size within a given seed lot. The number of seeds stated is only an estimate.)
- Maturity: Approx. 60-70 days
- Planting season: Late spring/early summer
Cultivation: Prepare fertile, well-drained soil. Sow by broadcasting seeds in spring/summer after last frost, in a warm, sunny location. Or sow using the info in the chart. Seeds need light to germinate so cover with a thin soil layer. Keep soil moist. Fertilize as needed. Plant is heat tolerant and prefers full sun to light shade. For best germination, seed should be stored at 41°F until planted.
||Broadcast for microgreens"
Please note: Maturity, adaptability and disease tolerance may differ under your specific climate and/or growing conditions.
Culinary tips: Use the aromatic leaves in salad mix, tempura or as an edible garnish. Complements fish well. Used as the pickling color for Japanese pickled plums—umeboshi. The seeds form an essential part of the famous seven spices of Japan, which originated more than 300 years ago in Kyoto. Fresh seeds are edible and have the same aroma and flavor. The stalks with tiny flowers and sprouts are served with tempura and sashimi. Leaves can be used as a wrap.