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An herb in the mint family (genus Perilla), ruffly shiso leaves are available in both red and green varieties. Each variety has a slightly different flavor profile: The green is citrusy with just a hint of spice, while the red (which is actually more purple than red in hue) is less spicy with notes of anise. Use them in salads, or as a wrap to hold any variety of fillings. They are also classically used in Japanese cooking; the red leaves contribute the pink color to Japanese pickled ginger. Look for them in Asian markets.

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