Move over chia seeds, your reign is about to end. Maybe. The seeds of the Asian Shiso plant are poised to be the next big thing when it comes to plant based omega-3. Commonly used for their minty leaves, shiso is popular in Japan, Korea and parts of China. But it turns out that the seeds are nutrition powerhouses.
Perilla seeds have twice the omega-3 fatty acids as chia seeds. Omega-3 is important for brain functioning, and is hard to come by from plant sources. Additionally, chia seeds are becoming very expensive because of the limited supply. Perilla seeds are a by product of the mint leaves, so currently it appears that prices will stay low.
The omega-3 to omega-6 ratio in perilla seeds is 6 to 1, the highest of any oils. Some studies have indicated that our modern diets have created an imbalance in the desired ratio (too much omega-6), so any food that can work to restore the balance is considered welcome.
The perilla seed is also supposed to taste a bit milder than chia seeds. We haven’t tired any yet, so if anyone out there has – please let us know!!