Horopito - Pseudowintera colorata
Horopito Pseudowintera colorata, also known as the New Zealand Pepper Tree, is a native plant endemic to Aotearoa, New Zealand. It is an ancient shrub, over 65 million years old. Horopito has quietly thrived, its secrets guarded by time. Horopito is particularly notable for its traditional use as a medicinal herb, thanks to its active compound called polygodial, which possesses antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Māori have a long history of using Horopito leaves for various healing purposes, including the treatment of fungal infections and digestive ailments. Today, Horopito is not only valued for its medicinal properties but also for its unique flavour, making it a sought-after ingredient in herbal teas and culinary applications.
Polygodial: Nature's Gift