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.
After a career as a radio DJ in Tokyo at JOLF, a television reporter at Nihon TV, and a foreign correspondent for the Japanese television broadcaster Fuji TV in New York, I now teach at junior colleges and emcee public and private events. My interest in food is wide-ranging. I bake bread and have published a book on salads.
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