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Shiso's vibrant flavor plays crucial role in variety of dishes

By Joan Namkoong

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 01, 2012

~~<p>It's hard to believe that mint and basil are related to shiso, the jagged leaf herb often served with sushi and sashimi. But they are distantly related and shiso's flavor and aroma are reminiscent of its cousins.</p>
<p>Shiso is also known as perilla, beefsteak or Japanese basil. The leaves are dark and flat with saw-tooth edges. There's a red variety, too, less aromatic but prized for its intense magenta coloring used to make pickled vegetables such as umeboshi.</p>
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It's hard to believe that mint and basil are related to shiso, the jagged leaf herb often served with sushi and sashimi. But they are distantly related and shiso's flavor and aroma are reminiscent of its cousins.

Shiso is also known as perilla, beefsteak or Japanese basil. The leaves are dark and flat with saw-tooth edges. There's a red variety, too, less aromatic but prized for its intense magenta coloring used to make pickled vegetables such as umeboshi. Login for more...



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