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Where to find perilla (Japanese Basil)

bosswappers Jul 31, 2011 10:44 AM

I am looking for Perilla or Japanese Basil. I would prefer it cut but I would settle for it potted.

Where do you find less common herbs in the city? I have been to every farmer's market (even to an Asian vendor who looked at me like I had five heads) to no avail. The Super 88 is gone so are there other options?


  1. steinpilz Aug 3, 2011 08:49 AM

    Another place to try is Japanese Viilage Mart in Brookline Village


    1. lipoff Aug 2, 2011 08:32 AM

      I've certainly seen cut shiso leaf at Ebisuya Market in Medford. If they don't have it already, I can't say if they can order it, but they won't look at you like you have five heads.

      1. chefematician Aug 1, 2011 06:34 AM


        1. chefematician Jul 31, 2011 06:42 PM

          Almost positive I've seen it at Russo's.

          Also, there's still a market where Super 88 used to be on Brighton Ave. I think it's called Hong Kong Market and it carries many of the same products that the Super 88 once had. I'm not in there on a regular basis though so I don't know if they have perilla or not.

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          1. re: chefematician
            Spike Jul 31, 2011 07:37 PM

            I've never seen perilla at Super88 or Cmart or Ming's...

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            smtucker Jul 31, 2011 11:41 AM

            Call the Reiiable Market in Union Square, Somerville. I sometimes see it in the produce/refrigerated section. There is a Japanese market in Medford as well that would be worth a call. I am sure that someone will remember the name!

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            1. re: smtucker
              Luther Jul 31, 2011 05:18 PM

              The Korean style shiso/perilla/beefsteak/sesame leaf stuff seems to be thicker and less fragrant- it's for slicing and making banchan, not eating straight. At least that's my experience with that they sell at H-Mart.

              3 Old Concord Rd, Burlington, MA 01803

              1. re: smtucker
                nasilemak Jul 31, 2011 05:39 PM

                Ebisuya market, Medford.

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