Piper auritum is an aromatic shrub with large heart-shaped, velvety leaves, which grows in Central America. The common name "hoja santa" means "sacred leaf" in Spanish because it has many uses in Mexican cuisine and also as a medicinal plant. "Caisimon" is the tea, widespread in Cuba is made out of the leaves.
Piper auritum is an aromatic shrub with very ornamental large heart-shaped, velvety leaves, which are anise-scented. It is native to Central America and its widespread common name "hoja santa" means "sacred leaf" in Spanish, because it has many uses in the native cuisine but it is also grown as a medicinal plant.
In Cuba there is a famous tea, made out of its leaves. It is named "Caisimon", just as the plant itself.
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