Herbs of the Land

Great Taste NZ has a comprehensive range of Unique NZ herbs including Horopito, Kawakawa, Harakeke and Piko Piko. These ingredients provide the basis of the evolution of unique NZ menus and added value products in NZ and Internationally.
Unique Herbs of Australia from the Cherikoff range (Lemon Myrtle, Wattleseed, Alpine Pepper, Yakajirri) extend the concept to Cuisine Downunder.

Piko Piko
Piko Piko is an edible fern shoot harvested in the Rotorua region and used as a garnish to Define New Zealand Cuisine. Fern Shoots are prevalent in International Cuisine such as Kogomi in Japan and fiddle head fern in North America
The Pepper Tree (Kawakawa) is sometimes described as Bush Basil and is used widely in Food, Beverage and Cosmetic products. It is harvested in the Bay of Plenty on coastal and bush verges. Traditionally the Maori used it in cuisine and medicine.
Horopito (Bush Pepper) is found in more moutainess country in New Zealand. It is one of the oldest surviving uniquely New Zealand trees. Like Kawakawa it has a history of use in Maori Cuisine and medicine and is now used in contemporary cuisine, beverages and condiments.
Our native flax (Harakeke) grows throughout NZ and is often seen in wet locations. The product historically was used for weaving, rope and basket making.