Kōrero: Plant extracts

Horopito

Horopito

The compound that causes the burning, pungent taste of horopito is called polygodial. It is an active antifungal ingredient, and an insect anti-feedant (its taste deters insects from browsing).

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Nigel Perry, 'Plant extracts - Toxic and commercial compounds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/14468/horopito (accessed 18 October 2019)

Story by Nigel Perry, published 24 Sep 2007