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Dec 1, 2009 10:25 PM

Looking for Japanese herb shiso/perilla in Tucson

Greetings, I have been looking for the Japanese herb shiso, also known as perilla in Tucson grocery stores. It is commonly used in sushi. I have searched the main international and Asian markets in mid-town. I even ordered the seeds online, but failed in growing them. I wonder if anyone else in Tucson has ever seen this herb sold on the shelves? Thanks!

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  1. I don't know where you get the herb alone, but it comes pickled with umeboshi in Asian markets.

    1. Nope, no shiso, but there is an Asian market on Oracle Road that has a good selection of stuff. Unfortunately, I don't remember the name of the shop, but I hope to check it out soon cause I can't find Panko breadcrumbs anywhere else in town. If I learn anything, I'll repost. If you don't hear from me, I learned nothing. Good luck to us both.

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      1. re: 4culiniarians

        "I have searched the main international and Asian markets in mid-town."

        Not sure what you mean by midtown, but the places to try are Grantstone and G&L and 17th Street markets, and, when and if it actually opens, Lee Lee's. Up north in Mesa I'd look first in the Mekong Market and then in Lee Lee's, and there are some other Asian markets up there too, like Asiana. My first choice for fresh Asian vegetables in AZ would be Mekong.

      2. ycarlyle213:

        Checked out the Joy Asian Mkt. 6261 N. Oracle Rd., (520)531-1121 and didn't find your sought after her "shiso/perilla, but maybe if you give them a call they can say for sure where and if you can find it in town. Thankfully I did get my panko crumbs. They have many frozen things, lots of greenery in the refrigerator section but I may have missed it. The person manning the store, spoke little English, but you might have better luck than I did. Let me know how you fare. They teach sushi making at this market so maybe they have it. Good luck.

        1. I found a bag of these seeds at the Asian market on Columbus and Pima for about 4.99 the other day and the leaves I found at G & L Imports, and Grant/Stone Market.

          1. It's really pretty easy to grow yourself, if you can grow basil you can grow shiso. Actually, I sometimes have a hard time with basil, but shiso self-sows every year.

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            1. re: EWSflash

              Also, Lee Lee at Orange Grove and La Cholla has both red and green.