What Does Hyssop Taste Like?

Hyssop plant with purple flowersWhat Is Hyssop?

Hyssop is an astringent and aromatic herb from the mint family. Its leaves are commonly used for cooking and herbal preparations and the twigs and branches were commonly used for purification rituals in Bible times.

How it tastes

The most well known hyssop has a very pungent and strong minty flavor. However there are different varieties of hyssop around the world, and the tastes vary depending on which type is used. The other types have flavors similar to oregano, anise and peppercorn, respectively.


Hyssop has a very strong flavour, so only a small amount is required in cooking. In herbal remedies, it is most commonly used to alleviate respiratory issues and lower mucous levels.

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