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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.

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SELECTION INFORMATION
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

In general, herbs should be fresh looking, crisp and brightly-colored. Leaves will vary in color from green to reddish-purple.

Avoid

Avoid herbs that are wilted, have dry brown areas, or are pale or yellow in color. Slimy looking dark spots with small areas of mold indicate old product or poor handling.

Storage

Most herbs benefit from being stored with freshly cut stems in a glass of water - either in or out of the refrigerator.

Ripening

Herbs will not ripen further after harvest.

  • 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.

    Amount per serving

    Calories :32Calories from Fat :
    Total Fat0.52
    Cholesterol0%
    Sodium 43%
    Total Carbohydrate7.44%
    Dietary Fiber3.8%
    Sugars 0%
    Protein 0.33%
    Vitamin A57%
    Vitamin C3.6%
    Calcium 275 %
    Iron 1.88%

  • 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.

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