Seasonal Japanese Ingredients and How To Use Them: Shiso

The seasonality of Japanese vegetables is a part of what makes them so special. A summertime produce, shiso appears fresh on shelves for a few short weeks before disappearing for another year. The limited availability of this mysterious herb makes it all the more popular when it makes its yearly rounds.

Full of calcium and iron, shiso (シソ), or “perilla leaf” in English, is a Japanese herb that we all may have unwittingly eaten at one point or another. With a flavor reminiscent of cinnamon or cloves this Japanese herb can add an extra dimension to dishes, be they meat or vegetarian. With such a unique flavor it’s important to understand which ingredients pair well with shiso before we liberally sprinkle this Japanese herb over every meal, so let’s take a deeper look at shiso and see which dishes bring out the best of our seasonal friend.

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