Other popular Japanese spices
Try some of these other popular Japanese herbs from S&B.
Shiso (beefsteak plant)
Shiso originated in China and is thought to have come to Japan during the Heian Era (794 – 1083). This highly aromatic herb has been listed as a Japanese herb in Western botanical references. A close cousin of basil, shiso is a member of the Lamiaceae mint family.
Shiso adds an unforgettable scent and rich color to pickled plums and vegetables and can also be used to make shiso leaf rolls and shiso sake. You’ll also find cut shiso as a topping for tofu and shiso flower often is used to garnish sashimi.
This herb has long been cultivated and is believed to have originated in Japan. The entire plant has a unique fragrance and bitterness.
The edible flower can be pickled, added to vinegarettes, or used in soups.
Mitsuba is commonly thought to have originated in Japan and consists of many varieties. Stems and leafs are used in soups or simply enjoyed as boiled greens.