RIO AMAZON Espinheira Santa has a very pleasant taste and can be used as a simple herbal infusion. It is commonly consumed as a leaf tea, after meals. Espinheira Santa is part of a large genus of plants.
Espinheira Santa (Maytenus Ilicifolia) is a small, shrubby evergreen tree growing to heights of around 5m, with leaves and berries that resemble those of the European Holly. It is native to Southern Brazil and many other parts of South America.