Shiso leaves are from the shiso plant, a perennial herb that is also known as perilla (perilla frustescens) and belongs to the mint family. The leaves come in two colours, green as you see here, as well as red/purple.
It is a herb that is widely used in Japan, Korea and parts of South East Asia, in salads, with noodles, as dishes for small amount of sauces and as wraps.
The taste is a touch citrusy and sharp with a touch of spice, definite hints of mustard or wasabi, but not quite!
How to Use Shiso Leaves?
The purple variety is a wonderful natural dye and is what gives umeboshi its distinctive purple/red colour. Umeboshi are Japanese pickled plums.
Take a look at the Shiso Parcels below as an idea of how to use up leftovers, especially when your shiso plant needs a haircut!