Pata de Vaca (translated as ‘cow’s foot’) is a small tree native to the tropical rainforests of Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Asia. It grows to heights of around 5-10m and produces 7-10cm long leaves that are shaped like a cow’s foot. It is these leaves which are prepared to make an infusion or leaf tea.
In South America, Pata de Vaca is normally consumed as a tea after each meal to help balance blood sugar levels. It has been in use for more than 60 years by modern Brazilians. Pata de Vaca can also be useful to dieters who want to control a ‘sweet tooth’.
Pure shredded leaves of Pata de Vaca (Bauhinia forficata).
Teabag: Unbleached paper.
Botanical names: Bauhinia forficate.
Common names: Pata de Vaca, Casco de Vaca, Cow’s Foot, Mororó, Pata de Boi, Unha de Boi, Unha de Vaca, Unha-de-anta.