What is Shiso Leaves?
Shiso leaves come from a perennial plant in the mint family and are also known as beefsteak plant. The leaves are common in Japanese cuisine and are either red or green. The leaves are small and wide with frilled edges. Red shiso leaves are often used to dye ume plums. The green leaves are used as a garnish and flavoring to be mixed into pickles, salads and even cocktails. The flavor is very similar to mint.