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Green shiso perilla (Perilla frutescens var. crispa)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Perilla

Perilla is a genus of annual herb which is a member of the mint family. In mild climates the plant can reseed itself. There are both green leafed and purple leafed versions of this plant. The plant's leaves resemble stinging nettle leaves, though slightly rounder in the shape.

  • Koreans use Perilla frutescens leaves and seeds in cooking.
  • Japanese use Perilla frutescens var. crispa leaves in cooking.
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