Shiso, or Perilla frutescence, belongs to the mint family and is commonly used in traditional Japanese cuisine alongside Sushi, to garnish salads and to create delicious Tenpura. It is also known as an old home-remedy.
Infusing the leaves with water to create a unique, herbaceous and subtly sweet beverage, which can be served hot or as a cold-brew. The dried leaves are quite versatile and may also be used to add flavor to soups, sauces and other dishes.
Shiso is said to relieve stress and restore mental alertness and focus – all that without Caffeine. It boasts many valuable nutrients such as antioxidants (β-Carotines and DDC), rosmarinic acid and alpha linolenic acid, which are said to protect the skin, strengthen the immune system and reduce allergic reactions. Furthermore Shiso contains vitamins B1, B2 and B6 as well as vitamin C, E and K, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc and fiber.
Since 2003 Shiso in cultivated according to EC organic-regulations on the Japanese Island of Shikoku.
Available in two types: