- 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.
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- Accession # 199600027
- Source: collection - Robin Chazdon
- Provenance: name corrected 3/1/07 - correction Susan Letcher - orginally accessioned at P. coenocladum
- Accession Date: 10-07-1996
- Bench: 3208 - Holding Room - East Bench
- Qty: 1 confirmed on 09-13-2012
- Division: Magnoliophyta
- Class: Magnoliopsida
- SubClass: magnoliids
- Order: Piperales
- Family: Piperaceae
- SubFamily: Piperoideae
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