Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Shiso pretty

...well, in Jar Jar Binks-speak.

But this is the late summer herb worth waiting for. Sweet and citrusy in salads, or wrapped around bites of spicy filling, or slices of soy-grilled shortrib (recipe in 66 Square Feet - A Delicious Life).

Only a handful of my seeds germinated. I may have started them too early; Shiso (Perilla) really, really likes warm temperatures. But the five plants in one pot are enough for my purposes.

If you leave them unmolested they make quite interesting early fall flowers, too, which remind me of Plectranthus. However the plant has strong invasive potential and is a problem from Pennsylvania through points south and across to Illinois.

So just eat it.

(Extra points if you ID the weed,, in the middle of the pot.)

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