Horopito, or mountain pepper tree (Pseudowintera colorata), is found in wet upland forests throughout many of New Zealand’s mountains. It is one of New Zealand’s most unpalatable plants, as its leaves contain a chemical that leaves a peppery taste and burning sensation when chewed. In recent years, its ground leaves have been used as a condiment in ethnic foods.
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Photograph by Maggy Wassilieff
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