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Shiso is an annual plant originally from China. Two types are cultivated for consumption – red shiso and green shiso (大葉 / Ōba). Red shiso is used to impart a red color to umeboshi, pickled ginger, and some sweets. Nutrients found in shiso have also led to its being used in beverages.

Text by Kitchen Nippon

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