pe·​ril·​la | \ pə-ˈri-lə How to pronounce perilla (audio) \

Definition of perilla

: any of a genus (Perilla) of Asian mints that have a bilabiate fruiting calyx and rugose nutlets

Examples of perilla in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ranging from products like white sturgeon caviar of the Sacramento Delta to baby perilla grown at our farm in Los Altos Hills, the ingredients are presented to invoke memories and comfort. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "Curiosities abound at California’s newest Michelin starred restaurants," 4 June 2019 Korean perilla is more substantial, with a spicy flavor similar to cinnamon and anise. Kat Craddock, Saveur, "10 Flavor-Packed Leaves From Around the World to Bring Into Your Kitchen," 25 May 2017 Snap a fig leaf from the branch for savory simple syrup; soak chestnut leaves in brandy to wrap around fresh pats of goat cheese; pickle perilla for a salty, herbal Korean snack; or dry vibrant sassafras for a winter's worth of gumbo filé. Kat Craddock, Saveur, "10 Flavor-Packed Leaves From Around the World to Bring Into Your Kitchen," 25 May 2017 There are dozens of variations, from haemul pa-jeon, a seafood scallion pancake, to kkaenip-jeon, perilla leaves stuffed with meat. NBC News, "From Chinese to Tibetan, all the most delicious Lunar New Year dishes explained," 25 Jan. 2020 With a full liquor license, Nokni brought on Susan Eggett (Laste Rites) as a bar consultant, and Joo said to expect Korean herbs like perilla and citrus like yuzu to make their way into cocktails. Janelle Bitker,, "Nokni Upstairs set to bring Cal-Korean food to Oakland," 20 Dec. 2019 Kristyn Leach of Namu Farm in San Francisco uses organic and sustainable agriculture methods to grow perilla, Korean melon, chili peppers and other crops. Allison Park, NBC News, "Young Asian Americans turn to farming as a means of cultural reclamation," 28 Oct. 2019 First basil, then more speciality Asian varietals like shiso and perilla leaves. Hilary Cadigan, Bon Appétit, "Forward All Our Mail to Danielle Chang's Gorgeous Rooftop Garden," 13 Sep. 2019 The Lee brothers, behind Namu Gaji and Namu Stonepot, teamed up with Sunol farmer Kristyn Leach in 2011 to grow the likes of Korean perilla for their Korean-tinged menus. Janelle Bitker,, "Is San Francisco ready for a Korean food boom?," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of perilla

1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for perilla

borrowed from New Latin, genus name, of unknown origin

Note: Taxon introduced by Linnaeus in Genera plantarum, 6th edition, (Stockholm, 1764), p. 578. Linnaeus gives no source or explanation for the coinage. The name Perilla is known in Latin literature from poems addressed by Ovid to a real or pseudonymous "Perilla," though inscriptional evidence for such a given name in Rome is apparently lacking.

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“Perilla.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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