How to Prepare Red Shiso Leaves for Pickling Ume
From Setsuko Yoshizuka, former About.com Guide
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Wash red shiso leaves.
Making Pickled Ume
Photo (c) Setsuko Yoshizuka
Red-purple perilla is called akajiso (red shiso). Red shiso leaves traditionally used to dye pickled ume (Japanese apricots or plums). It's good to use 1/2 - 1 lb red shiso leaves for pickling 4 1/2 lb ume plums. First, wash the leaves well and drain in a strainer.