An old variety native to France. its French name is Musque De Provence. Great for cooking.
Inventory, 100 ct : 3.00
This item was last sold on : 09/01/15
Ooba leaves are available year-round with peak season in spring and summer.
Ooba carries many names as its been naturalized throughout many different regions. Its scientific name is perilla. It is also widely known by the vernacular, shiso. It is a member of the mint family, Lamiaceae, which contains many other aromatic and herbaceous plants including basil, mint, sage and lavender.
Ooba leaves are oval with serrated edges that point toward their tip. The leaves can grow up to five to seven inches wide, though they are most often harvested at a younger, more delicate age, to prevent the plant from flowering. When the ooba plant flowers, it produces erect flowering stems that have a similar appearance to flowering purple (Thai) basil. The leaves have a mint-anise and citrus flavor and aroma that is best revealed when they are torn or crushed.
Ooba is most commonly associated with Japanese cuisine where it is a common garnish and accoutrement to sushi, sashimi and noodle dishes. The seeds of the ooba plant are used to create cooking oil and the foliage is used to create an essential oil for flavoring. It has also been used to enhance the flavor of beverages: in 2009, Pepsi Japan introduced Pepsi Shiso to mixed reviews.
Ooba is native to East China where it is both cultivated and grows wild. It is also a traditional crop of India, Japan, Korea and Thailand. As ooba is self-pollinating, it can escape cultivation and grow wild in a wide variety of warm habitats and spreads at an invasive pace. In American agriculture it is considered a poisonous weed as the plant has toxins that can be lethal to cattle and horses.
Restaurants currently purchasing this product as an ingredient for their menu.
|Blush Ice Bar||San Diego CA||858 888-5151|
|Bleu Boheme||San Diego CA||619-255-4167|
|La Costa Resort & Spa Main Kitchen||Carlsbad CA||760-930-7063|
|Marriott Del Mar||San Diego CA||858-369-6029|
|Bull Taco / Wrench and Rodent||Oceanside CA||760-840-1976|
|Vista Valley||Vista CA||760-758-2800|
|Sabuku Sushi||San Diego CA||619-281-9700|
|Sushi Lounge on Market- Delivery||San Diego CA||888-811-6436|
|Izakaya Pacific Beach||San Diego CA||858-274-2742|
|Belmont Park Cannonball||San Diego CA||858-228-9283|
|Industry||San Diego CA||619-719-6924|
|Saiko Sushi-North Park||San Diego CA||619-886-6656|
|Pamplemousse Grill||Solana Beach CA||858-792-9090|
|Roy's La Jolla||San Diego CA||858-455-1616|
|Ocean Pacific Grille||San Diego CA||858-699-3821|
|Under Belly-Uptown||San Diego CA||619-269-4626|
Recipes that include Ooba Green. One is easiest, three is harder.
|I Nom Things||Beef Shiso Wraps|
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Near Singapore, Singapore
About 229 days ago, 1/15/15
Spotter's comments : Grown in Japan...
Takashimaya Near Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
About 554 days ago, 2/24/14
Spotter's comments : Green Ooba Leaves spotted at Takashimaya. 1 pckg for 105yen from #Aichi! Eat them w/sashimi