shiso juice: "Red shiso is a Japanese perilla herb and is used for dyeing pickled ume. I would boil red perilla leaves with water, vinegar, and sugar and serve with cold soda or water. Tastes great and it's good for Japanese summer heat. It is a family recipe for summer here in Japan." —Naoko

Shiso juice: "Red shiso is a Japanese perilla herb and is used for dyeing pickled ume.

Shiso, that green, hard-to-describe leaf most often seen in sushi restaurants, is sometimes awkwardly described as “Japanese basil.” This enigmatic herb is hard to describe for lots of reasons, but the primary one, I think, is that it goes by too many other names — perilla, ohba, summer coleus, and even, improbably, beefsteak leaf.  But shiso now seems to be the leading candidate.

Shiso, that green, hard-to-describe leaf most often seen in sushi restaurants, is sometimes awkwardly described as “Japanese basil.

Shiso: Basil’s Asian Cousin | By: lindsayjean | Shiso is a Japanese herb in the mint family, along with basil -- and like the rest of its family, shiso is a fresh vibrant shade of green. It sports fancy ruffled edges (1), and has a pleasantly assertive bite -- think similar to mint with a gingery edge, though its flavor is also described as herbal or citrusy. | Via: food52.com

Shiso: Basil’s Asian Cousin

Shiso: Basil’s Asian Cousin | By: lindsayjean | Shiso is a Japanese herb in the mint family, along with basil -- and like the rest of its family, shiso is a fresh vibrant shade of green. It sports fancy ruffled edges (1), and has a pleasantly assertive bite -- think similar to mint with a gingery edge, though its flavor is also described as herbal or citrusy. | Via: food52.com

Shiso or Perillo babies. Shiso is a Japanese herb often used in Japanese cooking. I will incorporate it into sushi recipes!!!

Shiso or Perillo babies. Shiso is a Japanese herb often used in Japanese cooking. I will incorporate it into sushi recipes!

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