Perilla, also known as sesame leaves, are a richly aromatic leaf from the perilla plant that is an essential part of Korean cuisine. These leaves are similar to shiso in appearance only: both herbs are distinct in both flavor and potency. Perilla has an earthy, floral, herbaceous, and refreshing aroma that provides the perfect accent for barbecued meats, lettuce wraps, and rice. Perilla is ubiquitous eaten raw as a leafy vegetable and used as a seasoning for a variety of dishes from kimchi to steamed fish.
Use: Add sesame leaves to your lettuce wraps, sandwiches, rice, and more. These herbs are versatile and go phenomenally with virtually any food.