Hoja Santa means holy leaf in Spanish, it is an indigenous Mexican plant. It’s commonly used in specialties throughout the states of Veracruz, Oaxaca, Chiapas and Tabasco.
Hoja Santa leaves have a unique fragrance of anise, black pepper, licorice, eucalyptus and tarragon.
In Mexico, Mole Verde or Mole Amarillo use these special leaves. Once dried, Hoja Santa can be used to perk up tamales or stuffed chilies and a delicious spice for marinades. It is very difficult to find Hoja Santa outside of Mexico, so get your hands on this unique spice and try out a authentic flavour of traditional Mexican cuisine.