Definition of shiso in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʃiːsəʊ/


[mass noun]
A plant of the mint family, native to eastern Asia, used as a herb in Japanese cooking.

Perilla frutescens, family Labiatae (or Lamiaceae): many varieties

Example sentences
  • Related to mint, shiso blends its delicate minty subtleties with citrus and licorice; the flavor of the purple leaves is more fruity and less minty than the green.
  • In a bowl, add the Asian pear, shiso leaves, and lemon juice.
  • It was enhanced by the distinctive and refreshing flavour of chopped shiso, a fantastic Japanese herb that tastes strongly of cumin, with a hint of pepper and lemon.



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