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Shiso Red and Green Mix

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Shiso, also known as ‘Japanese Basil’, raises a question with all who taste it: is it a basil or a mint? Neither one nor the other, Shiso has a unique taste that is hard to describe. Some say it’s ‘citrusy’, while others call it ‘herbaceous’ – and others still call it ‘sweet’! What is undisputable is that it can be used to give flavour and colour to many different Japanese dishes, from umeboshi to sushi and sashimi. Its green and purple, jagged-edged leaves are becoming more widely used in Western gourmet cooking and mixology, although it has been around since Victorian times, when shiso was popular as a landscape plant. And its appeal extends beyond its crazy flavour and attractive appearance – the old martial-arts masters claimed that shiso kept them flexible, youthful and vital. Perhaps it’s true – it’s worth a try!  

QUANTITY
150 seeds

PLANT SIZE
Height 40 cm
Width 30 cm

CONTAINER SIZE
Height 25 cm
Width 25 cm

COMPANION PLANT
Tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, nasturtium, basils, mints.

SOWING
Indoor Feb-Mar
Outdoor Apr-June

TIMING
Germination 7-15 days
Harvesting 40-60 days

SPACING
When sowing 1-3 cm; Depth 0,5 cm
When thinning 3-5 cm

GROWING
Sunligth Full sun to partial shade.
Soil Well-drained, light and moist soil.
Watering Regular watering, not overdone.
Feeding Addition of fertilizer is not necessary.

CARING
Expert tip To give a germination a jump start, soak your shiso seeds overnight before sowing. Also, sow more seeds than you need, keeping the soil constantly moist. If you need to thin them, they won’t go to waste – you can eat removed sprouts in salads.