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).
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
Department of Conservation
Photograph by Chris Rudge
This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.