Red Shiso

 Open-pollinated. Introduced from Japan in the 1850s. Its extremely ornamental curly purplish-red cinnamon-scented sharp-flavored leaves are used in sushi, sweet and sour sauces and stir-fries. Also known as zi su, a specific in Chinese medicine for seafood poisoning. Louise Weber of Greenwich, CT, asserts that deer won’t touch it and plants it around their favorite crops