Shiso leaves are an Asian herb with a unique flavor profile resembling basil, mint, and cilantro.
There are actually two common varieties of shiso- green and red. Here at PeachDish, we've only used the green (so far!), so let's focus on that. Once upon a time, it was known as the "beefsteak plant"; the word "shiso" comes from the Japanese word for purple, though now the green leaves are more well-known. Shiso's pretty frills make it a popular garnish and many restaurants use it as a receptacle for wasabi. As an ingredient, it's great in Asian stir-fries and cold dishes, as well as dishes like Shiro Miso Ramen with Soft-Cooked Egg, Mushrooms, Carrot & Shiso. Shiso leaves are a good source of Vitamin A. These little leaves aren't available in many American grocery stores, but shiso is a member of the mint family and grows just as easily as mint in home gardens. Green shiso leaves are full of complex flavor that simply has to be tried to be fully experienced!
Fresh Produce, Shiso Leaf
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