Boldo is a small evergreen shrub with waxy leaves and small, green fruits. Native to central Chile, Peumus boldus has since spread across South America. The leaves are aromatic and highly pungent. Boldo leaves have been used in liqueurs, infused in herbal teas, and employed in Chilean cooking in a similar fashion as bay leaf. Boldo leaf powder can be encapsulated and extracted.
Boldo is an evergreen shrub most commonly found in Chile, but also occurring in other parts of South America including Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru. The plant has since become naturalized outside its native range, with small populations in Europe and Africa. The waxy leaves are highly aromatic to the point of being unpleasantly pungent when crushed. The boldo plant produces small green fruits that are sweet with a pleasant taste. Boldo is a member of the Monimiaceae family.
Archaeologists excavating in the Monte Verde region of southern Chile have found boldo in combination with 22 other herbs wrapped in a seaweed basket estimated to be 12,500 years old.
Boldo leaves are used in Chilean cooking, similar to how bay leaves are used elsewhere in the world. The scent becomes more palatable after drying and cooking, bringing to the surface notes of camphor, pepper, and mint. Essential oil of boldo is used in the perfume industry, and the leaf is an ingredient in liqueurs and bitters.
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