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Old 08-15-2006, 06:00 PM   #1
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Shiso Usages

Firstly, I hope I'm posting in the right spot. First time I've started a thread .

I've planted Shiso for the first time this year, and after planting my 3rd batch of seeds, I'm going to have a bumper crop. Yeah! Do any of you grow it? And if so, what all do you do with it? Thanks!

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Old 08-15-2006, 07:02 PM   #2
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What is Shiso? Please decscribe it.
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Old 08-15-2006, 07:42 PM   #3
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The seeds were sent to me from a friend in Japan. When she was here last year, she described it as Japanese Basil. It grows like basil., and tastes a bit similar, but yet different. I've been using it wherever I sould use basil, but just looking for something different to do with it. She also sent me edamame seeds!!! (soybeans)
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Old 08-16-2006, 12:19 AM   #4
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loprraine, here's a thread from just a few weeks ago. umm, you posted there but maybe you forgot.

the only shiso that i've ever had was the korean variety, used as a "lettuce" wrap for grilled meat like bulgogi or joo mul look. i would say it was closer to a mildly flavored mint than basil. but the japanese variety might be different.
my new neighbors are growing a ton of it, so i'm hoping to swap some of my tomatoes for a bundle.
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Old 08-16-2006, 04:47 PM   #5
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Wow - thanks for all those recipes. I believe that I started a thread here some time ago asking about Shiso/Perilla, as it's a naturalized plant here in Virginia & I have it coming up EVERYWHERE!!!! Certainly don't need to plant it. The wild plant ranges from all green (in the shade) to green with a purplish cast (in full sun).

It smells wonderful (sort of like a basil/mint cross) & so far I've only used it to garnish sushi & chopped in salads. Thanks to Daisy, I now have a few other dishes to try before frost cuts in down in a few months.
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Old 08-16-2006, 07:56 PM   #6
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Buckytom, I hate getting old. First the mind, then the eyes. You're right, I should have done a search. My apologies.

Daisy, thank you so much for the recipes.

Breezy, I actually sent seeds to a friend in Stanardsville. Silly me! Little did we know!
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Old 08-16-2006, 09:14 PM   #7
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I wouldn't worry about it Loprraine. Even though it's naturalized here in VA, that doesn't necessarily mean that your friends in Standarsville have it on their property.

While I have lots of it on my farm, & I often find it in the surrounding woodlots, my neightbors on 2 sides don't have any of it.

One thing you can tell your friends is that once they sow it & let some of go to seed, they'll never be without it - lol!!!!
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