Versatile Asian culinary herb. Distinct cinnamon/clove flavor and aroma, with the spiciness of cumin. Used in Asian cooking, sushi, and salad mix. Red shiso adds brilliant color to radish pickles and umeboshi plums. Also known as perilla. Edible Flowers: The flowers are a flavorful addition to salads and Asian dishes. Pairs well with fish, rice, noodles, and cucumbers. The minty, basil-like flavor has hints of clove and cumin. Red Perilla shiso seeds grow into substantial plants with wide, deep purple leaves. The dark ruby leaves of this sharply flavoured Asian herb have nicely frilled edges. Grow as a bright-red micro-green, or let the plants mature and enjoy the leaves in pho, salad rolls, or other dishes. Shiso makes a wonderful pairing with unctuous dishes like sushi, and it combines beautifully with cilantro, mint, Thai basil, and fresh lettuce leaves. Shiso has a very similar growing season to basil and performs just as well in containers as in the garden bed. Provide full sun and well-drained soil.