I found this herb in an Asian supermarket. The label didn't actually say what it was, and the clerks at the store didn't speak English well enough to ask them.

unidentified herb

My first thought was mint, but I would expect mint leaves to be more wrinkly than that.

My second thought was holy basil, which would be a pleasant surprise as that's generally very hard to find. I looked at pictures of holy basil online, and it looks pretty close, although these leaves look a bit more pointy than in those pictures.

Can someone identify the herb in the picture?

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    My local Vietnamese store would call it linh tinh: Miscellaneous. – Wayfaring Stranger Sep 25 '16 at 12:49
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    I don't know what the herb is, exactly - but, you might be pretty safe in just buying it, and smell and tasting it, and thereafter using it as its taste dictates. You have a fairly low chance of getting poisoned by an herb sold in a store for consumption, especially if you use it in moderation until you're sure of it. Unfortunately, the chances are low, not nonzero, as some people will eat poisonous things (they would assume no one would buy it if they don't know how to properly prepare it to be safe) - so, pick where your comfort level of risk might lie. – Megha Sep 26 '16 at 21:16
  • Looks like tree basil to me: thaifoodmaster.com/thai_food_ingredients/tree_basil – Callus - Reinstate Monica Jul 17 '17 at 22:46

I don't think it's shiso, as that tends to have a more jagged edge. I suspect it's the botanically related Korean kkaennip (aka 'sesame leaf', which is also of the family Perilla):

(but I can't discount bitter leaf, as that's not something I'm familiar with)

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    Yup, that's young-ish sesame leaf. Bitter leaf is greener on the underside. It's really hard to tell with the given picture though. – Tim Post Sep 26 '16 at 18:02

I believe that is a picture of shiso.


I think this is Bitter Leaf, renowned for its nutritional properties.
See http://www.prosisupermarket.com/admin/Product/bitter-leaf-10.jpg (I am not related in any way :) )

Hope this helps


For me it looks like nettles. But while I have eaten those in the past I have yet to see a store selling them, so I might be mistaken.

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