Epazote

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I've just ordered an Epazote plant - this is the description given:

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Epazote is known by many other names such as wormseed, Jesuit's tea, Mexican tea, payqu, pazote, ipasote, apazote, hierba hedionda (stinky weed), pazoli, pizate, paico, goosefoot, skunk weed and herba sancti mariae and is native to Central and South America and Mexico where it was used for culinary and medical reasons.

Commonly used either as a leaf vegetable, herb or for making herbal tea, it has quite a strong flavour and smell similar to other herbs such as oregano, mint, anise and fennel although also has a citrus flavour to it, some say tar and creosote, it is commonly called a 'medicine' due to its taste.

It was traditionally used with black beans and other Mexican dishes but also as a herb to flavour rice and it now being more widely used. It can also be frozen or dried for use out of season.
 
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