Shiso Red / Red Perilla
Scientific Name: Perilla frutescens var. crispa
Country of Origin: Mexico
Shiso, or perilla, is crop that is rich in calcium and iron. It can grow to be either red or green. The green variety tastes faintly of cinnamon with a hint of coriander or citrus, while the red has an anise flavor. Shiso can be used for cooking, seasoning, garnishing, or pickling. The Japanese use red perilla in coloring umeboshi, pickled ginger, and to wrap around pieces of meat. Green perilla is most commonly served with sushi or sashimi.