Scientific name: Perilla frutescens var. Crispa
Medicinal use: Perilla frutescens is an annual plant of the Lamiaceae family. The leaves resemble those of the nettle. In Japan it is used as a spice in a wide variety of dishes, such as sushi and sashimi (made from raw fish) or cut into thin strips to dress salads, pasta, meat and fish. The purple variety is used as a colorant in red umeboshi (ume pickles) or to make umeshiso Maki.
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