Red shiso…

My missus bought a red shiso plant some years ago…
And for all the following years, they have been self-seeding in our potager…
They are part of the mint family, so they have ‘relatives’ like the basil, sage, lemon balm…
Flowers are rather minute and quite pretty…
There are not many ways to use this herb…
I sometimes make juice out of it…
And occasionally, I boil them to use in our baths…  

The Japanese folks use them (together with salt) to preserve plums…
Of course, we do likewise too… with plums from our potager….

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26 Responses to Red shiso…

  1. Quite a range of uses….. drink and bath!!

  2. Robbie Palm says:

    That is interesting..Do the plums have the flavor of the Shiso in them when preserved? I wish I could reach into your picture and try one! 🙂 robbie

  3. Ash says:

    Very delicate and nice flowers, love it.Is it sweet to drink?What does shiso means 🙂

  4. Liz says:

    I grew green perilla last year and used the leaves in salads as the Vietnamese do, I wasn't sure I liked them that much. Do you grow the green as well? Is the flavour similar.

  5. cocomino says:

    Shiso is very healthy although it's not easy to drink for me. 🙂

  6. Lrong says:

    Of which, both I enjoy…

  7. Lrong says:

    Robbie, had a good laugh upon reading your wish about reaching out… :=)Yes, the plums do take on the flavor of the shiso…

  8. Lrong says:

    Yes Ash, the flowers are very fine and delicate… a joy for the eyes… the drink is not sweet, and I take it as it is, unsweetened… The meaning of shiso? From its characters, 紫蘇, I can say that the first character means 'purple' and the second, 'revive' or 'to come alive again'…

  9. Lrong says:

    Liz, the green perilla is more common and has a slightly wider use compared to the red one… it does take a bit of 'training' to acquire the taste of the green type… some folks say they smell like bugs… and yes, I grow the green perilla too… their taste and flavor is quite different…

  10. Lrong says:

    Coco… yes, shiso has a rather unique flavor to it… I have sun-dried quite a lot of them, and the sun-dried ones has a more palatable taste to it…

  11. rainfield61 says:

    You are gifted with another present for use as juice and bath.

  12. mat jon says:

    wow interesting, it must be feels really good drinking and bathing with shiso

  13. Lrong says:

    True, a gift from god…

  14. Lrong says:

    Feels good, yes… the bath is really nice…

  15. Theanne says:

    such interesting plants you have in your potager…with so many interesting uses! the juice is a beautiful color!

  16. Lrong says:

    Theanne… I love the color of the juice too…

  17. Ash says:

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  18. Lrong says:

    Many many thanks for considering my blog for this award… and thank you very much for visiting and enjoying my blog…

  19. Malar says:

    I have tasted them before! They are sour but yummy too! Juice of them will be great!

  20. Diane AZ says:

    Lovely images for the red shiso, an herb that is new to me. How wonderful to grow plants that are beautiful and useful.

  21. Autumn Belle says:

    Your shiso reminds me of my basil flowers, and the ideas of using in bath makes me think of my excess basil flowers too.

  22. Do you only use red shiso for making the juice or campur bahan-bahan lain.

  23. Lrong says:

    I enjoy their juice too, with a little of ice sometimes…

  24. Lrong says:

    Thank you Diane… I really enjoy having having plants like these…

  25. Lrong says:

    We have been using this herb for our baths for many weeks now… really lovely…

  26. Lrong says:

    We use only the red shiso for the juice in this case… no campur-campur, yet… :=)

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