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Purple Perilla, Beefsteak plant (Perilla frutescens)

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Purple perilla, commonly called beefsteak plant, is an upright, bushy annual that is native from the Himalayas to Southeast Asia. Fresh leaves are used in Oriental cooking, salads, soups and as garnishes. It is considered rich in minerals and vitamins, has anti-inflammatory properties, and is thought to help preserve and sterilize other foods. Hardy to USDA zone 10-11, but plants will freely self-seed in the garden. 

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