Hyssop is an evergreen, bushy perennial native to southern Europe. A member of the mint family, Hyssop can be used sparingly as a spice to flavor salads, soups, and meat. It has a flavor similar to mint but with more floral character and pleasant bitterness. The plant has a long history of folklore in ancient Europe and was often hung in homes for protection. Hyssop herb is also typically made into a syrup or steeped and enjoyed as an infusion of hyssop tea. It is high in vitamin C and a great herb for the respiratory and immune systems.