Hyssop, also called holy herb, is a small shrub in the mint family that produces flower stalks with lavender-colored blossoms. It is a hardy, drought-resistant plant that easily tolerates the heat and dry terrain that is characteristic of the Middle East, where hyssop originates. The herb is cultivated as a garden ornamental and is particularly favored by beekeepers because it results in an aromatic honey. Hyssop leaf lends a mildly sweet, mint-like flavor to teas, cordials, wines and other beverages.
Hyssop is an evergreen shrub native to Europe and the Middle East. The herb has a long history of use dating back thousands of years. Also known as "holy herb", hyssop is referred to in the Old Testament of the Bible several times as a purging herb.
The leaf and flower, which are highly fragrant and mint-like, are used as seasoning in foods and beverages.