Hoja santa

Hoja santa
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Scientific classification
Binomial name
Piper auritum

Piper sanctum[1]

Hoja santa (Piper auritum) is a good-smelling herb with a heart-shaped velvety leaf. The name hoja santa means "sacred leaf" in Spanish language. It is also known as yerba santa,[2][3] hierba santa,[2] Mexican pepperleaf,[3] root beer plant,[4] and sacred pepper.[1]


The difficult taste of Hoja santa is not easy to describe. It has been compared to eucalyptus,[5][6] licorice,[4][7] sassafras,[2] anise,[3][8] nutmeg,[3] mint,[9] tarragon,[5] and black pepper.[3] The flavor is stronger in the young stems and veins.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Barlow, Prof. Snow (2003). "Sorting Piper names". University of Melbourne. Retrieved 2007-03-29.
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  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Katzer, Gernot (2000). "Gernot Katzer's Spice Pages - Mexican Pepperleaf (Piper auritum Kunth)". Retrieved 2007-03-29.
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  5. 5.0 5.1 "Ingredient - Hoja Santa". The Washington Post. 2004-08-18. Retrieved 2007-03-29.
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