I’m a member of the Garden of Eden CSA* in San Diego, and this week we got an herb I had never seen or heard of, perilla, also known as wild sesame leaves. After some Web research, I decided to try making perilla pesto. It is delicious! Zingy and so fresh-tasting.
Try an Asian market for this herb, which is used extensively in Korean food. Ask for wild sesame or sesame leaves. If you can’t find it, substitute fresh basil. It is a member of the mint family, Lamiaceae, for you botanists out there.
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