Epazote - The Magical Herb
This annual Mexican herb has a pungent aroma, spear-shaped, deeply toothed leaves and green flowers. It is also known as Wormseed, American Wormseed, Mexican Tea or Herba Sancti Mariae.
Epazote's (eh-pah-ZOH-teh) fragrance is strong and pungent. It has been compared to citrus, petroleum, savory, mint or camphor. We have nick-named it the "diesel leaf plant" in our garden. It smells pretty strong, but we have found that it does add a wonderful depth of flavor to a pot of beans!
With its strong taste and aroma, not everyone takes to it right away, but used as a spice, it adds a wonderful rustic layer of flavor to many Mexican and Latin American dishes, giving them an extra dimension of flavor that just can’t be replicated with any other herb – very similar to the “umami” flavors of fermented Asian ingredients.
Epazote leaves are used for their pungent flavor and aroma to season soup, corn, beans and shellfish in Mexico. It is used in beans to prevent flatulence. It is also brewed for "Jesuit Tea" but the herb's main use is to expel intestinal worms from humans and animals. Oil of chenopodium is derived from this plant.
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Very quick delivery, cannot wait for plants to mature.
Have not tried to germinate this yet, but plan to soon! Saw a chef growing his epazote in a container. Seeds are tiny so should be easy to germinate. May have waited too late to sow in garden. Chef seemed very happy with the flavor of this Mexican herb.
Seeds sprouted well and are growing. Plants are not old enough to rate taste.
This did so well in the garden I didnt know what to do with it, so I gave it out to every latino that I know. They said they have never seen such large leaved flavorful epazote before, and all wanted to know where I got it from.