At Tree Frog Farm, we offer two base options for our flower essences. Our red shiso/vinegar base is an alcohol-free alternative. It is literally grown and made here from the ground up! We grow the shiso using organic processes and work closely with Nature Beings for a vibrant crop. Our shiso base is made in small batches using the hand-selected, high-quality dried leaves from the shiso plants. We pour the shiso tea through a system of 6 filters to ensure that it contains no plant matter, then add organic, distilled, gluten-free, white grain vinegar. The vinegar helps to further stabilize it and adds to the overall shelf life after purchase. The finished red shiso base is 80% shiso tea and 20% vinegar.
In Japanese, shiso means ‘purple leaf’. Red shiso is a robust member of the mint family. It grows into lush 2 -3 feet high plants of deep magenta color. Besides contributing flavor and distinctive red color, red shiso contains “perilla aldehyde,” which gives it antimicrobial properties. So it is traditionally added to the ginger that is served with sushi and is used to make umeboshi plum in macrobiotic cooking.
We also offer our essences in brandy, the more traditional base for flower essences. Many years ago, customers would ask us if we offered a non-alcoholic alternative, so we researched, and found information about a red shiso alternative base, which we use today.
The Tree Frog Farm flower and tree essences work equally well in either the brandy or shiso base. You decide which works best for you from your own preference!
For more information about Tree Frog Farm and how we make our flower and tree essences go to: About Tree Frog Farm Flower and Tree Essences