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Shiso is a Japanese herb that can add interest to your garden and to your recipes. Known botanically as Perilla frutescens var. crispa, several types grow well here in Hawaii, with slightly different characteristics. The genus Perilla is a member of the large Lamiaceae or mint family that includes many familiar herbs including mints, basils, sages and oregano as well as the ornamental coleus. Some of shiso’s common names refer to her similarity to others in the family. Most of the mint family members, including shiso contain aromatic volatile oils that have a variety of aromas and uses.