Bulk Epazote Herb Cut & Sifted

Chenopodium ambrosioides
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[ 1889 ]Chenopodium ambrosioides

Epazote Herb Cut & Sifted

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Epazote, commonly called Mexican tea, is a member of the amaranth family of plants that is native to Mexico and Central and South Americas.

The herb is used as seasoning in chili, quesadillas and other Latin American foods (especially those that contain beans) to help prevent flatulence.

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originunited states
active compoundsAlpha-pinene, caritasone, ascaridole, butyric-acid, d-camphor, essential oils, ferulic-acid, geraniol, l-pinocarvone, limonene, malic-acid, menthadiene, menthadiene hydroperoxides, methyl-salicylate, myrcene, p-cymene, p-cymol, safrole, saponins, spinasterol, tartaric-acid, terpinene, terpinyl-acetate, terpinyl-salicylate, triacontyl-alcohol, trimethylamine, urease, and vanillic-acid.
plant part usedleaf, whole plant, seed
processingcut & sifted

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsKeep in an airtight container away from direct light, heat and moisture.
appearance & aromaLeafy with a mild, lemony scent.


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culinaryUse in Mexican and Latin American dishes.

flavor profile

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epazote herb

Bitter and almost lemon-like in flavor. Best with cheese, eggs and pinto or black beans.

formulas & recipes

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what else you should know

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epazote herb

Epazote is an acquired taste and difficult to describe beyond slightly acidic and pungent. In fact, the culinary personality of this herb is like cilantro in that people tend to either love it or hate. Also, even though many recipes use cilantro and epazote interchangeably, the two herbs have little in common other than being found in a Mexican-style dish.

The flavor profile of epazote pairs especially well with dairy products, including eggs, sour cream and cheese. Try adding it a pinch or two to bean casseroles and soups, quesadillas and cream sauces.

Background: The plant and seed have a long history of use among all indigenous people in every region where the plant grows. The seed oil, first isolated for commercial use in 1895.

Description: An annual herb, native to tropical regions of Central and South America, Epazote

reaches 4 ft in height. It is multi-branched, has reddish stems covered with small slightly petioled oblong-lanceolate toothed leaves. Small yellowish-green flowers grow in numerous small clusters along stem producing thousands of tiny dark brown to black smooth shiny seeds. The fruit is perfectly enclosed in the calyx. Plant has very distinctive, strong odor.

Safety: The seed oil has an extremely high toxicity rating and should not be taken internally. Should not be used during pregnancy or lactation. Contraceptive indications: do not use when conception is desired.

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