If there is one intriguing place that exists in every home in Mexico, at least it is the kitchen. And it is that although in every part of the world, this can change and have different instruments, utensils and even electrical appliances, because here in Mexico we do not have refrigerators of kimchilike in South Korea, but we have the molcajete, some households still metate, as well as some other things.
And since we are in the field of the traditional, well surely you thought of the Tamales. It’s almost a reflection automatic that we Mexicans have, that when they say cuisine, we all think of almost the bare minimum, which is a griddlesto molcajetethe stove and laditoall those come to mind cymbals what can we do there like quesadillas Oh, come on Tamalestypical Mexican food that can be prepared in different ways.
In fact, there are elements such as Saint leaf, a deep green herb that is used for both medicinal and gastronomic purposes. It is shaped like a heart and its aroma is strong. According to information from the Mexican government, it is native to this country and has been very useful since pre-Hispanic times, thanks to its characteristics, properties and benefits that it can give to food and our body.
How is the holy leaf used?
The holy leaf also grows in Colombia, Panama and Guatemala and it has provided great benefits to human health and to our cuisine, to which it has given that unique and special seasoning that characterizes it. In medicine, it helps reduce fever and inflammation of the kidneys, calm stomach pains, prevent indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, respiratory problems (mainly asthma and bronchitis).
Inside of gastronomy its use is quite common, because it can help the preparation of meats, fish, birds, sauces, broths and cheeses. However, it should be noted that it is not only used there, because it has different uses, which we decided to share with you today, in case you have the plant at home or near you and give it a suitable and lasting life so that you do not throw it away. right after the first time you used it.
1. To wrap the tamales
This herb is often used in some states of Mexicoinstead of those of corn, to wrap tamales. This is very typical in Veracruz with the beans or Chiapas with the Santa María tamale, for example. It is also known as Acuyo and is used in the same way in the states of Veracruz, Oaxaca and even Quintana Roo for different recipes. Its leaves measure up to 20 centimeters long by 15 wide.
2. To make tea
This infusion of Hoja Santa has been used for a long time to treat skin problems, inflammation, diarrhea or other disorders of the digestive and respiratory system, such as bronchitis and cough.
3. To season the fish broth
To obtain that peculiar little flavor that we like so much about this broth and the delicious aroma, holy leaf is used, which is added chopped, either dry or fresh (Fresh gives better flavor) to the boiling water, so that the broth is infused with this and the rest of the spices with which you prepare it.
4. As a seasoning for guajillo sauce
For a sauce made with guajillo chili to be very good, you put in addition to the chilies, clean, your tomatoes, chopped garlic and onion, as you like, pieces of holy leaf, you sauté it with oil and you will see that it is well seasoned.
5. To make Oaxacan green mole
to give it a touch traditional OaxacanTo your green mole recipe, add holy leaf to the rest of the spices and herbs, to grind them and add them to the dough of this typical dish.