Scientific Binomial Name: Dysphania ambrosioides
Epazote, also called Wormseed, Jesuit's Tea, Pigweed, Mexican Tea, or Herba Sancti Maria, is is used more for its benefit than its flavor.
One of the best things you can say about Epazote is that your friends & spouse will thank you for using it! Epazote is especially valued when combined with black bean dishes.
Usage: Epazote is frequently used in black bean dishes to ward off the "negative" side effects of eating beans. The whole plant is used or just the leaves or seeds.
Selection & Storage: Use fresh or store up to a few days in crisper. With the use of a paper bag or produce veggie bag that breathes.
Epazote Nutritional Information
Epazote is very low in Cholesterol. It's also a good source of Vitamin C, and a great source of Dietary Fiber, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Copper and Manganese.
Epazote Tips & Trivia
- Epazote was brought to Europe from the 17th century in Mexico and was used in the Aztec civilization as an herb and a medicinal remedy for gas when cooked with beans.
- The name comes from the Aztec Epazotl. Epazote has an incredible fragrance that some compare to diesel fuel or gasoline.