Horopito is New Zealand's indigenous pepper and is found only in New Zealand. Horopito is one of the most widely used herbs in Maori food. It can be taken as a delicious tea, used in sauces or as a dressing. Horopito also has anti-fungal properties which saw it used medicinally.
Horopito is also known as 'bush pepper' as the leaves have a hot peppery, citrusy taste and can be used as a seasoning on food, similar to black pepper. Rub on white or red meat or fish to impart peppery flavour. Use as a seasoning for vegetables, salads, pasta, bread or stuffing. Use as a simple smoke for fish or meat at a low heat. Use to create delicious marinades or sauces with a mild peppery flavour.