Perilla (Perilla frutescens var.crispa)


Bred by one of our Japanese specialist breeders, known as Japanese Shiso. ‘Aka-maruba’ has deep magenta-red slightly serrated leaves. Used as a natural food colouring and flavouring, with leaves best steamed thus cooked before use. Also, looks attractive as an ornamental garden plant.

English common name: Perilla / Beefsteak Plant

Typical leaf size: 7 x 5cm (length x width)

Maturity: Early

Best period to harvest: once the leaves turn magenta red.

Production: open field.

Culinary use: cook and use the leaves as a natural food colouring and flavouring.