Sunday, July 8, 2012
I removed the fancy amaranth. Tried it. Didn't like it. Tough and chewy. Give me good old pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus), any day (actually, the pigweed is lying right on top, see?). The newly-empty pot was quickly filled with my three surviving shiso plants. That Cat is back. It dug up some of my new, small shisos in a trough and disturbed the seeds I'd sown. Bloody cat. Not my cat. So the survivors, previously in another small pot, are precious. I had not realized how big they will become.
Here they are, sharing with trout lettuce.
I say shiso because their Botanical Interests packet is labeled Perilla frutescens, with common name shiso. But recently I learned from Juliana Sohn that perilla is also known as sesame leaf or ggaennip by Koreans. It seems to be a subspecies of Perilla frutescens, and I'm still not sure what it is that I have: P. frutescens var. crispa is shiso, as I understand it, and has a more deeply serrated leaf than what I see above. P. frutescens var. frutescens is sesame leaf. I think I have the the sesame leaf. Not shiso.
But that might be a good thing.