Common Name: Mexican Pepperleaf, Hoja Santa , Veracruz Pepper, False Kava
Family: Piperaceae Agardh.
Country of Origin: Mexico to Colombia
Habitat: successional plant found in moist forests
Description: Shrubby perennial to 6+ft.
Uses: The spice is much used in the cuisines of tropical México. The leaves are a fragrant decoration or can be wrapped around some stuffing and steamed, baked or broiled. A famous recipe from the Veracruz province (where the spice is particularly popular) is Pescado en Hoja Santa, fish wrapped in pepper leaves, baked and served with a spicy tomato sauce.
This accession has been observed in bloom on:
Accession # 199600027
Source: collection - Robin Chazdon
Provenance: Collected at La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica, by Robin Chazdon 1996
1 March 2007 - Name correction Susan Letcher - orginally accessioned as P. coenocladum