Perilla (Perilla frutescens var.crispa)
Excellent red colour selection of this oriental herb that is a member of the mint family.The leaves are aromatic and used as a garnish in sashimi and sushi dishes and the seeds can be harvested and crushed to make a flavoursome drizzling oil. Also, an attractive garden ornamental plant.
English common name: Perilla / Beefsteak Plant
Typical leaf size: 7 x 5cm (length x width)
Best period to harvest: once the leaves turn red.
Production: open field.
Culinary use: cook and use the leaves as a natural food colouring, garnish added to sashimi and sushi dishes and seeds can be crushed as a drizzling oil.