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Aka Shiso, also called Perilla, is an especially sought-after herb traditionally used for making pickled plums. However, don't limit your use - try it also as a juicing or tempura ingredient, and garnish.

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Aka Shiso is be the primary Shiso when making pickled plums, but it can be used in a variety of dishes from tempura to garnish, or from salads to brazing greens.

Aka Shiso is a fabulous juicing partner, both for its brilliant red color and fresh mint-like flavor.


Choose brilliant red leaves that are not turning green or becoming translucent. This herb should be fairly firm and should taste very minty.


Check in between leaves if they are bunched as this is the common place where you find decay if it exists.


Most herbs benefit from being stored with freshly cut stems in a glass of water - either in or out of the refrigerator.


Herbs will not ripen further after harvest.

  • Nutritional Information
  • Tips & Trivia
  • Many times this Herb is available still on its stalk. This is a highly sought after way of finding this herb as the leaf continues to draw nutrients from the stalk thus staying fresher longer.

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